Home Furnace Tips
Troubleshooting Furnace Issues
- Check the furnace on/off switch.
- Check if the furnace door (cover) is securely attached.
- Check the fuse box or circuit breaker.
- Check if room temperature is higher than you have your furnace set.
- Check if the thermostat is in the “heating” position.
- Check the batteries in your digital thermostat.
- Check if the exterior intake vent or exhaust vent are plugged with snow or another object.
- Check to see if you have adequate fuel in your tank.
- Check the furnace filter.
- Check the restart button on the motor (fuel oil).
- Check if the fuel tank has run dry.
- Check if the pilot light is lit? (LP or Natural Gas)
Maintaining Your Furnace
- Check to make sure the pilot light is burning. Some furnace units must be lit by hand if the pilot light goes out.
- Follow the instructions for relighting usually printed on access doors. If you have difficulty relighting the pilot light, call a qualified heating contractor for advice.
- Check the blower and vacuum out and dust or debris in and around the unit. Check or replace the filter every 30 days. A dirty air filter clogs the air flow and it can overwork the equipment.
- Lubricate the blower motor.
- Remove the flame shield and check the burner for corrosion. Check flames with the fan off and on to conform to proper operation.
- Check the flue for gaps or dents and make sure it is venting properly to the outdoors.
- Vacuum all the dust from the air registers around the house.
- Check motion and make sure they are clear of furniture rugs, drapes, etc. to let the air flow freely.
To view a helpful furnace maintenance video (click here)
How to light the pilot light on a gas heater (click here)
(Watch the furnace maintenance and pilot light videos above prior to taking the Home Furnace Tips survey.)
If you have followed all the tips, and your furnace is still not working, please call 1-866-264-3729.