Furnace Not Working? 4 Things to Check Before You Call
If your furnace is not running, there are a few simple things you can check before you call your heating service provider. Here are four tips from Doug Venedam, an Irving Energy heating service technician in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
1. A great place to start before you assume that there is a problem with your furnace is to take a moment to check your fuses and circuit breakers. If there are no issues with the fuses you can then work your way through the following items.
2. Many furnaces are equipped with an emergency shut off switch that looks just like an average household light switch. Theses switches are generally installed at the top of your basement stairs. Many times, these switches are turned to the off position accidentally. Some of our customers find it helpful to label the emergency switch or install a colored switch plate so it stands out from your other household light switches.
3. If your furnace has shut off you can try pressing the red reset button located at the front of your furnace by the burner. If the furnace begins to run you will have heat and should have no further problems. If you press the reset button and the furnace does not start or stops again you should call Irving Energy at 1.888.310.1924 and we will send a technician. It is not recommended to press the reset button more than once.
4. Winters can be especially challenging, especially when your furnace is equipped with a side wall vent. If the vent for your furnace is plugged by snow your furnace will not work. Always ensure that the areas around your vent are kept clear of snow.
These quick trouble shooting tips may help you if your furnace is not working. Just remember that our qualified service technicians at Irving Energy are available to help you 24 hours a day for heating emergency service, if you find that you are not able to trouble shoot your furnace let our experts help you.
Posted on January 27, 2011