A furnace that won’t heat up, or produce heat at all, usually produces the following result: you make a quick trip to the internet or your nearest phone to seek professional help, pronto.
And yet, there are a few things that can and often do go wrong with a furnace that you can readily take care of yourself, and without any special skills.
- Dirty filter – Remove the filter from your furnace and if it looks dirty, either clean or replace it. Nothing could be easier.
- Pilot light went out – If the filter looks even relatively clean, it’s time to check and see if the pilot light has gone out. Here’s how:
- Turn your furnace control switch to the “off” position. Then wait five minutes so residual gas has time to clear out.
- Next, remove the cover at the bottom of the cabinet and pull out the metal burn cover to gain access to the pilot light tube. Once you’ve located the pilot tube, turn the control knob to “Pilot.”
- Push and hold down the red button adjacent to the control knob.
- Light a long match or comparable device and hold the flame below the tip of the pilot tube to re-ignite the flame. Continue to depress the red button for one minute to heat the end of the thermocouple tube that regulates the ignition system.
- Release the red button and make sure the pilot light is back on. If not, repeat the steps above, but this time depress the red button for an extra 30 seconds.
- If the light has come back on, simply reinstall the two covers. If the pilot hasn’t come back on, contact a professional heating company for further assistance.
- The furnace has lost power – If you have no heat at all and you hear or see no life from your furnace, you need to find out if your furnace is receiving electrical power even before checking the pilot light. First, make sure your furnace is plugged in and the control switch is in the “On” position. If so, but it’s still not working, check your circuit breaker panel to see if the one controlling your furnace has tripped and needs to be reset.
If none of the above solves the problem, then we invite you to contact the home heating professionals at Baylor. Our highly trained, certified, and experienced technicians will diagnose the problem, explain what’s going on, and then recommend the best way to restore heat. Many times there’s more than one solution, and we make it a point to help you choose the one that makes the most sense for your home and budget.
Or, if you’d like to prevent furnace problems in the first place, contact Baylor today to request our comprehensive preventative maintenance service – especially if it’s been a year or more since service was last provided. After all, the best and most affordable furnace repair is no repair at all.