DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio are unpredictable and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook little things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this important step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two sides, turn the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, side. It can definitely be mistaken for 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. Going through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Napoleon and Northwest Ohio expert. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio or find us online assistance.