No Heat? Try These Furnace Troubleshooting Tips

furnace troubleshooting tips

At Polar Bear Mechanical, we understand the importance of having a reliable heating and cooling system. An important part of your HVAC system is your furnace, especially in Colorado Springs where it can get extremely chilly. If you ever run into an issue where you’re unable to get your heating system to turn on, try these furnace troubleshooting tips. Remember, one of the best ways to prevent your furnace from having issues is to schedule regular furnace repair appointments. 

5 Furnace Troubleshooting Tips

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need heat but you have to wait to get an HVAC team to come to see you, try these five furnace troubleshooting tips. It’s important to leave any potentially dangerous problems to the experts, but these are some simple tricks that you can use to try and get your furnace back up and running.

  1. Check Your Breaker Box
    • If you have a lot of devices or machines running, it’s possible that your furnace tripped your breaker, which means your electricity is no longer running. Go to your breaker panel and flip the appropriate switch off and then back on.
  2. Check Your Furnace’s Filter
    • If you have power, the next thing you can do is check your furnace’s air filter. If your filter is extremely dirty, it’s possible that your furnace shut itself off. Furnaces do this as a safety precaution to prevent fires.
  3. Is Your Blower Panel Open?
    • Another safety measure furnaces have is that they won’t turn on if the blower panel isn’t all the way closed. This prevents the furnace from turning on while someone is working on it. Make sure to check that the door that holds your furnace’s blower motor is tightly shut.
  4. Check Your Thermostat
    • The next furnace troubleshooting tip you can do is check to make sure your thermostat is set to the proper settings. Make sure it’s set to “heat” and that the thermostat is set to a temperature higher than the current room temperature. Depending on the model of your thermostat, it’s also possible that you may need to change the batteries.
  5. Is Your Gas Valve On?
    • If your furnace still won’t turn on, your gas valve may be the culprit. If your gas valve was accidentally turned off at some point, then your furnace won’t receive the fuel it needs to operate. If you don’t know where your gas valve is, all you need to do is trace your gas line to your furnace and look for a handle on the pipe. Some furnaces have a separate gas valve on or around the furnace. If the gas valve is perpendicular to the pipe, that means that your gas is off. If the valve is parallel to the pipe, then your gas is on.

Heat Up With Polar Bear Mechanical’s Furnace Services

In Colorado Springs, the last thing you want to worry about is being unable to turn your heater on during a snowy night. As a locally-owned-and-operated HVAC company, our HVAC specialists have the necessary knowledge and equipment to make sure your HVAC system is operating to the best of its ability. If you’re having trouble turning your furnace on or you’re experiencing other furnace issues, make sure to call our HVAC experts today and schedule an appointment!

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