DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying snug and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more crucial. Winters in Chicago are erratic and the coldest days can often appear 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 – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time traveling through filters once they are filthy or dirty, causing the system to shut off on some occasions. The older the furnace, the harder it might be to detect the problem, while newer furnaces are created to pick up on clogged and dirty filters before further problems arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these problems and keep you comfy. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep incessant tabs on your thermostat batteries to make sure 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 neglect minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important 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 operate your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On position. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, turn the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that seems like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is frequently the difficulty 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 checking the productivity of your furnace before you set-up a call to your Chicago expert. If there are still problems after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the issue might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago or contact us online assistance.