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Five Things To Check Before Contacting a Furnace Repair Company

You’ve turned on your heat to cope with the dropping temperatures. If you haven’t tuned up your furnace yet, you may encounter some issues with it not providing the needed heat. Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning reckons you should do some things before calling a furnace company.

1. Check the Thermostat

Ensure you’ve set your thermostat to “Heat,” then check its temperature setting. Adjust the temperature setting to the temperature you want. You may also confirm if your thermostat activates the furnace. Reduce the temperature setting to below the current temperature, turn it up about five degrees, and listen to ensure it activates the furnace.

2. Check the Power

Your furnace needs electricity to function. Ensure the power switch is in the “ON” position. You should also ensure the circuit breaker is in the “ON” position and working properly. The circuit breaker has a problem if it switches off after you reset it.

3. Change Your Filter

A clogged or dirty filter can restrict airflow and prevent fresh air from reaching the furnace, making it ineffective. Replace a clogged or dirty filter. You may determine if the filter needs replacing by holding it up against a light. Replace it if you can’t see through it. Follow the filter’s usage directions, but most filters need replacing every 1–2 months.

4. Check the Pilot Light

Gas furnaces contain a pilot light located behind a small plate or door near the furnace’s base. This fitting should always be lit to give the furnace an ignition source. You can light it with a grill ignitor or a long fireplace match if the light’s out.

5. Inspect the Air Intake Vent

A blocked air intake vent prevents fresh air from getting to your furnace, making it ineffective. Inspect the air intake pipe found outside your home and ensure it isn’t blocked by debris or other elements. Remove any item blocking the air intake vent.

Once you check these five things and your furnace isn’t working, it may be time to contact a furnace repair company. Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning is an HVAC services company that is A+ accredited business by the Better Business Bureau. We’ve completed over 34,000 HVAC projects and served clients for over 30 years. Contact us if you need furnace inspection and repair services you can trust.