DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more essential. Winters in Chadron are unpredictable and the frostiest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask a specialized technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most widespread causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can prevent these issues and keep you comfy. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator 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 neglect little things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this crucial step, especially if there was a relevant increase in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that control your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On side. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can definitely be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Going through these steps is a simple and effective way of ensuring the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Chadron professional. If there are still problems after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron or contact us online assistance.