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DIY Furnace Troubleshooting

One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Rapid City are unpredictable and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you call in an expert technician, here are a few things you can check first:

  1. Check your filter – grimy filters are one of the most universal causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut off sometimes. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to detect 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.
  2. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant 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 switch out the batteries on your thermostat.
  3. Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to forget little things like the settings of your thermostat. Insure this crucial step, especially if there was a relevant increase in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting.
  4. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, find the breakers that run your furnace:
    1. [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.
    2. The switch that appears to look like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can often be misidentified as a real light switch, which is why it is often the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only need a few minutes to reboot.

Going through these steps is a simple and effective way of confirming the productivity of your furnace before you give 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 notify 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 and Cooling in Rapid City.

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