DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Pinellas County are unpredictable and the chilliest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you find an expert technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most universal causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time floating through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut off often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these problems and keep you comfy. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or indicator 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 important step, especially if there was a recent rise in temperature that may have caused you to switch off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that run 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 sides, turn the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that looks 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 frequently the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot. Working through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you give a call to your Pinellas County expert. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County or contact us online assistance.