DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most critical parts of the winter is staying comfortable and warm. Of course, staying comfortable is vital throughout the year, but during the chilly season it is even more crucial. Winters in Scottsboro are unpredictable and the frostiest days can often pop up on us, sometimes when your furnace is not ready. So, before you ask an expert technician, here are a few things you can inspect first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most common causes of unforeseen furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are grimy or dirty, causing the system to shut down often times. The older the furnace, the trickier it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to point out clogged and dirty filters before further troubles arise. Swapping furnace filters every month or so can ward off these troubles and keep you warm. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep continuous 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 minor things like the settings of your thermostat. Verify this important step, especially if there was a relevant 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 side. 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 looks like a light switch should also be in the On, or Up, position. It can often be mistaken for 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. Walking through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of checking the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Scottsboro expert. If there are still issues after you have made it through these steps, you will have a much wider idea on how to notify your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the problem might be. If you have questions or need to schedule a repair, call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro or contact us online assistance.