3 DYI Steps to Get Started
The days and nights aren't quite as warm as they used to be. It's time to consider using the heating system to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout fall and winter.
Unfortunately, plenty of homeowners like yourself will discover that your heating system suddenly isn't doing its job this season. Before you call a professional for furnace repair assistance, here are a few do-it-yourself tricks to try out.
You might have to reconfigure the settings on your thermostat to ensure a proper response from your heating system. For example, when working with a Trane HVAC and thermostat, you'll want to make sure the system is set to "Heat" and that the heating setting is higher than the current inside temperature.
Not using a Trane heating and air system? You'll want to consult your manual to make sure your thermostat settings are ready for the colder weather. Generally speaking, you'll still notice a reading for the current temperature in your home and a way to adjust the preferred temperature.
There's one other often overlooked factor when it comes to your thermostat: its power supply. Many thermostats are simply connected to a home's electrical system, but in some cases batteries keep them running. If the thermostat isn't responding, look for a "low battery" indicator. You may simply need to switch out the batteries.
Furnace Switch and Fuse Inspection
Check the side of your furnace for a furnace disconnect switch. Make sure the switch is in the up position, which indicates that power is flowing to the system. Note that the switch you're looking for is often unlabeled and easily mistaken for a light switch (which is why it sometimes ends up in the off position between cold seasons).
Even if the furnace switch is in the "On" position, you will also want to make sure a fuse hasn't blown in the electrical panel. If this is the case, simply flip the circuit fully to the "Off" position, and then to the "On" position again.
Gas Valve Inspection
The gas valve is one of the least likely elements to be causing the problem. Unlike the thermostat or furnace switch, it's not a feature that's generally adjusted without your knowledge, even by accident. And if it has been turned to the "Off" position, you'd probably notice because other gas-powered appliances won't be working either. Even so, take a moment to make sure the valve's switch is in the parallel position.
If all of these factors seem to be in order but your system still isn't working, it's time to call in the furnace repair Buffalo NY professionals.