DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is critical throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more crucial. Winters in Bossier City are erratic and the frostiest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you call in an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to switch off often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous 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 switch out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to forget 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 change the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover 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, cycle 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, position. It can easily be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is often the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the effectiveness of your furnace before you make a call to your Bossier City expert. If there are still issues after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to arrange a repair, call Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City or reach out online assistance.