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How to Check for a Broken Furnace

January 01, 2017

During the winter months, Alberta can get very cold. Your furnace needs to be functioning properly or you could end up freezing in your own home. Here are some quick and easy steps so that you can check to see if your furnace is working properly. If you detect any issues or are unsure of something, consider calling a licensed professional heating contractor. For furnace services in Edmonton, call 1 888-501-9702 today.

Turn on your furnace

The first thing to do is to turn on your furnace if you have not already. Turn it on by switching your thermostat onto the heat mode and turn the temperature up. A working furnace will usually take a couple minutes before you feel any change in temperature as the blower will take some time to start up before moving in the warm air. If the air coming out is not hot, turn the thermostat to an even higher temperature. If you cannot feel or hear an air flowing and feel no difference in temperature, turn off the thermostat and proceed to the next step.

Check the thermostat

The next thing you would want to do is to check your thermostat to ensure that it is working accurately. Having dust and dirt around the thermostat can actually have an impact on how it performs as it could throw off the calibration. It is also possible that the device components are corroded or broken, causing it to malfunction. If your thermostat is clean and does not appear to be damaged in any way, it is probably not the source of the issue.

Check the fuse or circuit breaker

Even if your furnace is working fine, it is always a good idea to check your home’s circuit breakers. If the furnace circuit breaker is in the off position or in the half way position, switch it to the on position. It is possible that the switch will trip itself back into the off position after a short period of time. In this case, professional help will be required. Adjusting the service box on your own is not a good idea.

Examine the Furnace

If the circuit breaker was not tripped and the issues seem to be resolved try turning on the thermostat again and see if there is warm air. If there is still no warm air, examine the furnace for any potential issues such as dust, strange noises, burn marks, blocked vent pipes, filters or any other unusual signs. If a solution cannot be achieved, call a professional.

Furnace not working right? Let us help! Call 1 888-501-9702 and we can help you find licensed professional furnace services in Edmonton.