DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more crucial. Winters in East Peoria are unpredictable and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in a specialized technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are created to point out clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these problems 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 swap out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to forget little things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this crucial step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to change 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 seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. 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 need a few minutes to reboot. Walking through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your East Peoria professional. If there are still difficulties after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria or find us online assistance.