Getting Your Furnace Ready for Winter

It’s the first cold snap of the winter, and your thermostat is set to run your furnace for the first time since last season. But lo and behold, after running for a good portion of the day, your furnace doesn’t seem to be warming much of anything up.

There are several things that you can check to restore your furnace to full function before having to call in a furnace repair Canton professional. Here are a few common problems that can be solved quite easily:

1) A Clogged Filter

The first thing to check is the furnace air filter; a clogged filter will not let the furnace run efficiently. If your filter comes out full of dust and debris, change it out for a new one. This simple solution will help your furnace to run its best throughout the winter.

2) Safety Switch Flipped Off

Furnaces often have a safety switch that must be flipped to “on” in order for it to operate. The safety switch is located on the furnace door, which has to be appropriately shut in order for the switch to be activated. Check to make sure that the furnace door is secured shut and the switch is on.

3) Dusty Burner Flame

You might also check out the burner flame on your unit to make sure that your furnace fire is operating at its best level. Flames should appear blue as opposed to yellow. A yellow flame likely means that dust/debris has accumulated over the summertime months. If you find a yellow flame, turn off the heater and use a vacuum to suck up any dirt and debris that are around the burner flame. You can also vacuum out the furnace blower while you are at it; a clean blower helps your furnace to run at its best.

Starting with these furnace tricks might get your heat running, but if these don’t work it might be time to call in a professional. Happy heating!

 

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