DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more necessary. Winters in South Beloit and Belvidere are erratic and the chilliest days can often appear 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 widespread causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time traveling through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut down often times. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can ward off 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 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 small things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this crucial step, especially if there was a recent increase in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that operate 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, change 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 confused as a real light switch, which is why it is often the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot. Walking through these steps is a simple and effective way of ensuring the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your South Beloit and Belvidere professional. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere or find us online assistance.