If you find something wrong with your furnace, your first instinct is probably to call a professional. While this is a good idea with most advanced problems, there are a few things that you should check before making the call. In the end, this could save you a number of visits from a heating professional, especially if you can handle some minor heating repair on your own.
No Heat Being Produced
If your heating system is not producing heat at all, it could be a problem with the thermostat, the circuit breaker or the pilot light. In cold weather, it is important to immediately handle your heating repair. New Jersey, for example, often has temperatures that drop below freezing, which makes heating your house vital. Start by looking at the thermostat to ensure that you have set it properly. Next, try to reset the breaker if the circuit has been tripped. You may have to replace a blown fuse if it is responsible for the issue. If the pilot light has gone out, carefully relight it by following the instructions on the furnace.
Not Enough Heat
When you are getting some heat, but it is not enough to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, start by checking the air filter. A dirty filter can restrict air flow and can affect the heater’s performance. A more serious cause could be that the gas burners are dirty or need an adjustment. In this case, it is a good idea to call a professional to have a look at the problem.
Furnace is too Noisy
A noisy furnace could be the result of a slipping belt on the blower. If this is the case, you will have to either tighten or replace the belt, depending on its condition. The noise could also come from a shaft bearing that needs some oil. You can use a light weight oil to fix this problem, provided that you know where the shaft is located. Sometimes, the noise can come from dirty gas burners or a malfunctioning pilot light. In either case, it is wise to call in some professional assistance.
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