DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more necessary. Winters in Upland are always changing and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask a professional technician, here are a few things you can examine first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more challenging 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 issues arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this vital step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover the breakers that control your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two positions, 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, spot. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is often the difficulty with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Going through these steps is an easy and effective way of checking the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Upland technician. If there are still issues after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland or contact us online assistance.