DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying cozy and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more necessary. Winters in Rapid City are erratic and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you call in a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more difficult time passing through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut down on some occasions. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can counteract these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to swap out the batteries on your thermostat. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook little things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this important step, especially if there was a relevant spike 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, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can easily be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is usually the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot. Going through these steps is an easy and effective way of confirming the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Rapid City expert. If there are still difficulties after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City or find us online assistance.