DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more crucial. Winters in Longview are erratic and the frostiest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you find a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most widespread causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a harder time floating through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to switch off on some occasions. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can counteract these issues and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to replace out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to neglect minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this important step, especially if there was a recent rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that control your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, cycle 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, side. It can easily be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is often the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot. Working through these steps is an easy and effective way of checking the productivity of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Longview expert. If there are still issues after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview or contact us online assistance.