When your furnace is in ill repair, it can be a massive stress mentally and financially. No family wants to be left in the dead of winter without a functional furnace. Often the winter season is extremely busy for HVAC companies in Summerlin This is why we’ve taken the time to provide this helpful resource of easy furnace fixes that homeowners can DIY.
As it can be risky to attempt to fix your furnace yourself, these solutions are focused on another key component of home heating. The thermostat! Many issues with a home that is too cool can be attributed to a simple thermostat malfunction. At an extremely low risk, any homeowner can troubleshoot their thermostat to fix their furnaces.
#1. Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Turned On
As thermostat continue to become more programmable and complex, it can be easy to overlook a few settings. Most importantly, of course, is ensuring that your thermostat is on, as to get a proper reading of your home. Feel around your thermostat for an on/off switch and look to make sure that it is flipped the right way. A digital display thermostat should be more clear. While this step may seem obvious, thermostats can be switched off by accident if they are in heavy traffic areas or by inquisitive children. This is why you can never be too safe in troubleshooting furnace fixes.
#2. Check Temperature Setting
As children become more familiar with digital tech, a thermostat could easily look like a fun game. A programmable thermostat also requires a thorough initial setup. If you simply set the temperature for a single day, then every other day will still be set at the factory default. Take your time to customize your temperature settings appropriately. Also be sure to regularly check your thermostat settings, especially if you are unexpectedly feeling too warm or cool in your home.
#3. Compare Room & Thermostat Temperatures
One way to troubleshoot both your thermostat and furnace is to check the room temperature with a thermometer and cross reference with the current thermostat settings. If there is a disparity, try kicking up your thermostat a few degrees to see if the furnace starts up. This identifies whether the issue is with the furnace, or the thermostat.
If the furnace starts up, then there is an issue with the thermostat’s ability to read the room’s temperature. Make sure that there are no hot or cold sources near the thermostat (breezeways, large appliances, sun-spots, etc.). Level your thermostat to ensure an even reading. Check that there is nothing close to the thermostat that could be obstructing its ability to properly read the room’s temperature.
#4. Ensure Thermostat Is Set Right
More complex, smart thermostats are great, but only if you utilize the right settings. Take your time with your initial setup of your programmable thermostat to ensure that each day is set appropriately. There are more settings on a thermostat that can affect how your furnace functions. Having the “Fan” setting turned off will not circulate hot air properly. This will create pockets of your home that are warmer than others, which can create the illusion that your furnace is malfunctioning. Another, more intuitive, fix is to make sure that your thermostat is set to heat. This will ensure that your thermostat is connected to your furnace.
#5. Replace the Battery
If your furnace is simply not turning on, then it’s likely an issue with your thermostat’s energy source. The most frequent thermostat issue is simply dead batteries. Lift the front of your thermostat and takeout and replace the batteries. Test your thermostat once the new batteries are in and you will likely notice a difference.
Other factors can shut off power to your thermostat. A blown fuse or a tripped breaker can also cause malfunctions with your thermostat.
#6. Clean Out Your Thermostat
Since we cannot see inside of the thermostat, we often don’t think about how dirty its interior can get. Any mechanical device has a number of different components, all of which are required for it to function. When dust, spider webs and other contaminants get inside and dirty these components, it can affect your thermostat’s reading and overall function. By lifting the face of the thermostat and taking a dry cloth to the components, it can clear away a lot of issues a thermostat can have.
#7. Bypass Program Settings
Sometimes on programmable thermostats, the right temperature is simply not registering. A common thermostat hack that HVAC specialists utilize is manually setting the temperature by pressing the arrows and holding the hold button for 4 counts. This should be a manual override of whatever setting the thermostat had.
If you are having furnace issues or want to upgrade your thermostat, contact the HVAC experts at Cal Air Cooling and Heating for friendly and helpful troubleshooting or to schedule a service appointment.