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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more essential. Winters in the Bay Area are always changing and the coldest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most universal causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a harder time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you comfy.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook little 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, locate 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, change the breaker to Off and then reset it to On.
    2. The switch that appears to look 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 frequently the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot.

Walking through these steps is a simple and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your the Bay Area expert. If there are still issues after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area.

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