This time of year, a working furnace can mean the difference between a cozy night’s sleep and extreme discomfort. As important as a working furnace can be, everyone should know a few of the basic tips and tricks for fixing them. Luckily, most furnace issues can be resolved simply. Read ahead to find out how to keep your gas furnace running through the winter months.
If your furnace won’t run
If your furnace won’t run at all, the fix might be quite simple. The first step is to check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers, and restore the circuit. Other causes might be a motor overload, in which case you should press the reset button. The pilot light might also be out, in which case you should carefully relight the pilot according to manufacturer’s instructions.
If your furnace isn’t creating enough heat
Sometimes the furnace is running, but there just isn’t enough heat being produced. If this is the case, the first thing you should try is raising the thermostat setting by 5 degrees or so. If this doesn’t do the trick, it could be that your blower, filter or registers are dirty or otherwise blocked. Clean, replace or clear out these points in your heating system and you could be good to go. If your burner is dirty, your system is out of balance or your blower belt is loose/broken, you may need to call a professional.
A common issue for gas furnaces is a pilot that is difficult to light or keep lit. If the pilot won’t light at all, it is possible that simply cleaning the pilot opening will set things right. If this doesn’t fix your problem, make sure to fully depress the pilot light button and ensure the gas valve is fully open–remember, no gas, no heat! If the pilot won’t stay lit, you may have a loose or faulty thermocouple, which can be easily tightened or adjusted. If the electric pilot itself is faulty, you will want to call a professional and pay for a replacement.
If these simple fixes won’t do the job call Windy City Air, the best furnace repair company in Las Vegas, at 702.932.7284.