As most homeowners move out of the warm summer months and into the cold months of winter, it's important to make sure that your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Unfortunately for many people, they'll turn on their furnace this winter, only to discover that it has either stopped working completely or isn't operating very well at all. In situations like this, you should call a technician to schedule furnace repair services. In the meantime, here are a few ideas on how to fix the most common problems with your furnace.
Clean the Filter
If this is your first time owning a home, it may surprise you that there's an air filter that needs to be replaced every six to twelve months to ensure your home's HVAC system runs efficiently. It's a simple switch: just buy one from a local department store that matches the size of the old filter and replace it. Failure to replace your air filter in your home can cause your furnace to be choked out and build up gunk and dirt on the inside of your ductwork. Over time, that will not only stop your furnace from working but also severely damage your indoor air quality.
Check the Fuel Source
If your furnace isn't working at all, the problem could be with your home's energy source that is powering the unit. In some cases, this is as simple as checking the fuse box to see if the breaker has been tripped. If so, simply flip the switch and the furnace should kick right on (if it keeps tripping the breaker, have a professional look at it as a safety precaution). If that doesn't work, there could be a problem with the electricity or gas that is hooked up to your furnace, but either way, this is not something you want to tackle on your own. Schedule a furnace repair technician to check it out.
Check the Pilot Light
If you use gas to power the furnace in your home, then chances are you have a pilot light that provides the initial ignition source that turns the unit on. It stays on all the time, so if it's gone out, your furnace won't turn on either. You can check this by simply removing one of the covers and looking for the little blue flame that appears inside the unit. If it's out, contact an HVAC technician to reignite it for you instead of trying to do this yourself.
For more information about furnace repair services, contact a local HVAC professional.