Enhance Your Home Comfort With These DIY Furnace Troubleshooting Tips

Your home is where you should be the most comfortable—that’s why it’s so frustrating when your furnace suddenly stops working. Thankfully, there may be ways you can get it back up and running yourself. The experts at S&R Heating, Cooling & Appliance Repair put together some simple DIY furnace troubleshooting tips to help you maintain your home comfort—test them out, then call us if you need further help.

Inspect Your Thermostat

Sometimes the problem with a broken-down furnace is as straightforward as dead batteries in your thermostat. Replace the batteries in the unit, turn it back on, and set it to the proper temperature. Also make sure the thermostat is set to “Heat”—it sounds obvious, but sometimes the right solution is the simplest (and the one right under your nose).

Double-Check the Circuit Breaker

If your furnace stops working, check your home’s breaker box to see if a tripped switch is to blame—if you find the furnace switch in the middle or “Off” position, this may be the problem. Flip it to the “Off” position, then back “On.” Give the heating system a moment to respond before it boots back up.

Replace Your Air Filter

Changing your furnace’s air filter on a regular basis goes a long way in maintaining and enhancing your home comfort. Furnace filters trap dust and debris from flowing through your house, and as a result, can easily clog. We recommend replacing them once every one to three months for optimal performance (or, if you have a high-efficiency filter, replace it once every six to 12 months).

When Should You Call in an Expert?

The easy answer is if you’ve tried these furnace troubleshooting tips and they didn’t work, you should give us a call. But if one of these tips worked and your furnace still isn’t working quite right, it may also be time to call in reinforcements. If you notice any of these signs, reach out to us for an expert diagnosis and repair:

  • Furnace frequently stops working or needs frequent repairs
  • Uneven temperatures from room to room
  • Higher than normal energy bills
  • Strange noises or odors

Call S&R Heating for More Furnace Troubleshooting Help

There’s a reason why Greater Twin Cities residents have turned to S&R Heating’s experts for furnace troubleshooting and repair for more than 35 years. As a trusted Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the know-how to keep your home comfortable all year long, whether you need a simple fix or help installing a brand-new system. If you need heating help, call us today at 651-429-0001 or contact us online.