It’s important that your furnace is functioning properly, especially in the middle of winter. If your furnace isn’t heating your home or if you’re experiencing other kinds of issues, it’s always your best bet to contact a local HVAC technician to diagnose the problem and ensure the right furnace repairs are made. There are a few ways homeowners can determine if their furnace isn’t working, here are 3 ways to troubleshoot your furnace: Furnace Repair in Robbinsdale Minnesota
Check & Change your Air Filter
One of the first things you can do to determine where the issue is originating from is to check your air filter. The air filter gets dirty over time with so much dust and debris filtering through your HVAC system. With a significant amount of debris blocking the air filter, airflow is restricted and it can cause your system to work harder. This also contributes to poor indoor air quality because the air circulating through the home isn’t as clean as it would be with a fresh new air filter. After too long, a clogged air filter can even turn into a fire hazard. The more people and animals you have living in your home, the quicker your air filter becomes dirty and will need to be changed. Ensure you change your filter regularly, and consult your HVAC contractor to determine if your air filter is best suited for your home.
Check Your Thermostat
Sometimes, the matter of a furnace issue is the thermostat. A quick way to troubleshoot your thermostat is to ensure it’s set to the “heat” setting, and then set it a few degrees higher than the current room temperature. You should notice a significant difference in temperature if your furnace is indeed working. If not, it might be the case that you need new batteries in your thermostat. You should also assess the physical location of your thermostat to make sure it isn’t being impacted by something that’s giving it a false reading. This could come from heating or light sources like direct sunlight, lamps, appliances such as ovens, or space heaters. If your thermostat appears to be working as it should be, it’s a good idea to contact an HVAC company for furnace service.
Check the Vents & Registers
Another quick check to help troubleshoot your furnace is by ensuring all of your registers and vents aren’t obstructed by any objects. It may just be the case that your furnace is operating fine, but the airflow isn’t getting an opportunity to reach your rooms to fill them with heat. Blocked vents and registers, especially when they’ve been blocked for a while, can also lead to issues with your ductwork and HVAC system breakdowns. Moreover, it’s important to ensure all of the vents and registers are actually opened. Many homeowners are under the impression that closing vents and registers in unused rooms will save money on heating, but it can actually be more problematic. Ensure all of your vents and registers are open and unblocked as to not restrict the airflow.
Don’t get stuck without heat this winter. If you’ve checked and changed your air filter, checked your thermostat, and checked the vents & registers, and nothing seems out of the ordinary, it’s a good idea to contact the professionals. All Climate Mechanical offers Preventative Maintenance checks to help halt problems before they start, furnace repair services to fix any persisting issues, and furnace replacement if your furnace is no longer able to heat your home. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an HVAC contractor in Robbinsdale, and watch for Part 2 of this blog series.