6 Simple Furnace Fixes You Can Do Yourself
Is your furnace acting up? There’s nothing more frustrating than your furnace going on the fritz, especially when you’re working from home and it’s not exactly warm outside. While there are of course times you’ll have to call an HVAC expert, there are others you’ll be able to apply some quick furnace fixes to deal (at least temporarily) with the problem yourself.
So if you’re in a pinch and you need to fix your furnace fast, these tips are for you. Read on for six ways to fix furnace problems yourself in a simple and quick manner.
1. Check the Thermostat
This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised about how many furnace problems are actually caused by a faulty thermostat. Check the temperature, the batteries, and the setting it’s on. Sometimes this will be all you need to fix your faulty furnace.
2. Change the Filters
It’s important and even necessary to change your furnace filters regularly, otherwise, it can cease to work entirely. However, this is one aspect of furnace maintenance that many homeowners neglect. You can use your owner’s manual to see how to change it if you’re not sure.
3. Check the Shutoff Switches
Sometimes for various reasons, your furnace can be accidentally switched off. It sounds simple, but it can happen that you only need to switch your furnace on to get it working again. The switch should be somewhere near your furnace and should be easily identifiable.
4. Reignite the Pilot Light
If your furnace’s pilot light has gone out, you can relight it yourself. You’ll need to turn off the gas connection, turn the gas valve to “pilot” and then hold a flame to it while pressing down the knob. As you’re dealing with gas here, you need to exercise caution.
5. Make Sure the Ducts Aren’t Blocked
It could be the case that your furnace is actually working as it should, but heat isn’t coming into your home for some other reason. Make sure all the room registers are open, then examine any ductwork you can get access to and look for gaps. Seal any gaps and make sure all vents are unobstructed by drapes or furniture.
6. Check Your Gas Connection
It is also possible that you or someone else in your household closed the gas line leading to your furnace at some point and forgot to turn it back on. Trace the gas line back from the furnace to the meter and look for the handle. If you see that it’s perpendicular to the gas pipe, turn it so it’s parallel.
Some Quick and Easy Furnace Fixes
All of the above furnace fixes are simple things you should be able to do yourself. However, if you’re unable or unsure of how to go about it, then you should feel free to call in an HVAC expert.
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