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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more crucial. Winters in Safford are always changing and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you find a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most widespread causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to find clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these problems and keep you comfortable.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this crucial step, especially if there was a recent rise in temperature that may have caused you to change the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that control your furnace:
    1. [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can definitely be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is often the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot.

Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Safford professional. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call B&D Air Conditioning in Safford.

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