Has your furnace ever acted up before? Is it still giving off enough heat? Does it make strange noises? Whatever the situation is, if your furnace is not functioning the way it’s supposed to, there must be a problem that can get worse if neglected. While it is best to call in a technician, there are several things that you could check first to make sure that professional help is really necessary.

The Setting on Your Thermostat

A lot of homeowners are not very familiar with the choices on a furnace’s thermostat. They even assume that it has already been regulated by the technician during installation. The fact is that this device has settings that need to be adjusted to get the desired- temperature. Check if the thermostat is set to the correct temperature and the heating switch is on. It would be a little embarrassing and wasteful to call in a technician only to find out that the cause of the problem is unadjusted thermostat.

What a Homeowner Should Do Before Deciding on Furnace Replacement

Dirty Filters

The warm air produced by your furnace is delivered into your home through the duct system. Before it even gets there, it passes through layers of filters that trap dust, debris, and other substances that might contaminate your indoor air. If the filters have already accumulated sufficient amount of materials, it will begin to trap even the clean air, until your home doesn’t warm up anymore. This is why you should replace your filters first, and if that does not solve your problem with the furnace, then your next course of action is to hire a technician.

Power Supply

Your home’s power supply system consists of several parts, including the circuit breaker or fuse and the switches that controls the flow of power to your furnace. Check if the circuit breaker has been tripped. Circuit breakers are designed to trip when there’s a power surge that could harm a home’s electrical system, so if your circuit breaker has been tripped, there has to be a more serious problem that needs attending to. If, for instance, you found no other issues with your electrical system, you may reset the breaker to supply power to your furnace. That should bring it back up.

Check the switches connected to your furnace, too. There’s one on the outside unit and another on the wall close to the main unit. The one outside is a disconnect unit; it shuts off like a circuit breaker. The one on the wall, on the other hand, looks quite like a light switch, which is why not many people could suspect that it can control the power supply to the furnace.

If you’ve fully inspected your heating system but found no clue of damage, then the problem must be worse. It’s a red flag that you need to call in a professional plumbing technician from Edmonton. A technician can inspect your furnace from the inside out and give you as many options to restore your home heating as possible. He may even suggest furnace replacement if he thinks it’s the best solution.

Sources:

9 Things to Check Before Calling for A/C Service, angieslist.com
Six Warning Signs That Your Furnace May Be Failing, modernize.com