As the weather gets colder, you'll start using the heater more often. The early winter weather may expose problems with your heating that need to be repaired. You will need to troubleshoot these issues and have them repaired before the first storm.
There are a lot of things that need to be checked when troubleshooting problems with your furnace. You will want to start with the electrical problems, and then the furnace. Some of the problems with the heating could be ductwork, or it could be something with the furnace. The following troubleshooting guide will help you get your heating problems fixed early:
Start With Filters and Ductwork—The first thing that needs to be done is changing the air filter of your furnace. This can be the cause of burnt smells and problems with restricted airflow. Also, you will want to adjust dampers and check all the ductwork to ensure that everything is in working order. Some of the problems with the air filter and ductwork can easily be repaired before moving on to additional furnace troubleshooting.
Check Electrical and Access Panel Problems—The furnace could be turned off at the main power switch or have a tripped breaker that needs to be flipped. The furnace unit itself also has an access panel for maintenance. When the access panel is not closed properly, it can cause the furnace not to turn on as it should due to the safety switch in the opening of the panel.
Blower Motor Problems That Affect Heating—The blower motor is another area of your furnace that will need to be checked. The blower is the fan-like component that circulates air through the ductwork. When the motor is old, worn, or damaged, it can cause heating in your home to not work properly. If the problem is the blower motor, it will need to be repaired or replaced to fix your heating.
Furnace Element and Thermostat Problems—The thermostat can be another issue that causes your heating to not work properly. These issues can be due to broken wires, dead batteries, or an old thermostat that has stopped working. If the issue is the thermostat, replace it to solve the problems with your heating.
This furnace troubleshooting guide will ensure that you fix problems with your heating early. If you have turned the heating on and have problems, contact a furnace repair service to have the issues fixed before they get too busy.