DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is important throughout the year, but during the winter it is even more necessary. Winters in Keokuk are unpredictable and the coldest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you find a professional technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unexpected furnace failures. Air has a more challenging time traveling through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to switch off 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 troubles arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can counteract these issues and keep you comfortable. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous 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 switch 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. Insure this important step, especially if there was a new rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, discover 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, change 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, spot. It can often be confused as a real light switch, which is why it is often the problem with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only require a few minutes to reboot. Going through these steps is a simple and effective way of ensuring the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Keokuk professional. If there are still difficulties after you have worked through these steps, you will have a much greater idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk or reach out online assistance.