Furnace Repair 101 – A Guide to Furnace Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Furnace Repair 101 – A Guide to Furnace Maintenance and Troubleshooting

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The cold winter months can be rough, but one of the best ways to stay warm is with a reliable furnace. While furnaces are great at keeping us cozy, they require regular maintenance and care to function properly. This blog post is designed to help mothers understand the basics of furnace repair and maintenance so that their family stays safe and warm during winter. 

Furnace Basics

Before delving into repairs and maintenance, it’s important to know a little bit about how furnaces work. Furnaces use either gas or electricity as fuel sources, with gas being the most common choice in North America due to its lower cost. The fuel source ignites a flame that heats up an exchanger, a metal tube containing cooled air flowing from your house. Once heated through convection, this air is then circulated throughout your home via ducts or vents. 

Furnace Maintenance

The most important thing you can do for your furnace is maintain it regularly. This means scheduling annual inspections by certified technicians who can check for any potential issues before they become problems. During these inspections, technicians will check for gas leaks, inspect all safety systems, clean components (such as blowers), lubricate moving parts (like motors), make sure all electrical connections are secure, and make sure all filters are replaced when needed.

Troubleshooting Your Furnace

If you notice any strange noises coming from your furnace or if it just stops working altogether, there are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem yourself: 

Check your thermostat.

If the thermostat isn’t set correctly or has lost power, your furnace won’t kick on even if everything else is working properly. Check that it’s set correctly and make sure it has power (batteries should be fresh). 

Make sure all switches are on

There should be at least one switch near your furnace itself; double-check that it hasn’t been accidentally switched off. Also, check any switches connected to other parts of your HVAC system, such as humidifiers or air conditioners; these may also affect your furnace’s performance.

Check for blockages in vents/ducts.

Blockages can prevent air from circulating throughout your home properly; check for obstructions in both intake and outlet vents/ducts and clear them out if necessary. 

Check circuit breakers.

If none of the above solutions have worked, you may need to reset circuit breakers related to your HVAC system; experienced professionals should only do this unless you know exactly what you’re doing! 

Maintaining a safe and comfortable home environment is important for any mother—especially during the cold winter months—and having a functioning furnace is key! While there are some basic troubleshooting steps you can take yourself if something goes wrong with your furnace, regular maintenance by certified professionals is essential for ensuring peak performance year after year. With this knowledge in hand, mothers can rest easy knowing their family will stay safe and warm no matter how cold it gets outside!

Brooke Chaplan

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