One of the most vital parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the cold it is even more essential. Winters in Rapid City are erratic and the frostiest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you ask a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first:
- Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most widespread causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a harder time floating through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut down sometimes. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to notice the problem, while newer furnaces are designed to point out clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can ward off these problems and keep you comfortable.
- 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 replace out the batteries on your thermostat.
- Ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” – it can be easy to overlook minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this crucial step, especially if there was a recent spike in temperature that may have caused you to change 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 looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, spot. It can definitely be mistaken for a real light switch, which is why it is often the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot.
Going through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of confirming the efficiency of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Rapid City expert. If there are still problems after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to inform your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Street Heating and Cooling in Rapid City.