One of the most important 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 always changing and the coldest days can often spring up on us, sometimes when your furnace is unprepared. So, before you ask a specialized technician, here are a few things you can check first:
- Check your filter – unclean filters are one of the most universal causes of sudden 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 meant to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Replacing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these issues and keep you comfy.
- See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to ensure that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or sign on your thermostat. If there is, it’s time to switch 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. Double-check this vital step, especially if there was a new rise 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 positions, turn 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, side. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently 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 an easy and effective way of ensuring the efficiency of your furnace before you give a call to your Rapid City technician. If there are still difficulties after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Precision Mechanical in Rapid City.