DIY Furnace Troubleshooting03/06/2015 One of the most important 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 Bakersfield are unpredictable and the chilliest days can often appear on us, sometimes when your furnace is ill-equipped. So, before you find an expert technician, here are a few things you can check first: Check your filter – dirty filters are one of the most widespread causes of sudden furnace failures. Air has a harder time passing through filters once they are dusty or dirty, causing the system to shut down on some occasions. The older the furnace, the more difficult it might be to find the problem, while newer furnaces are meant to find clogged and dirty filters before further issues arise. Changing furnace filters every month or so can prevent these issues and keep you comfortable. See if your batteries are weak or dead – keep constant tabs on your thermostat batteries to guarantee that there isn’t a flashing low battery light or marker 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 neglect little things like the settings of your thermostat. Double-check this crucial step, especially if there was a new rise in temperature that may have caused you to turn off the “heat” setting. Check your switches – in your home’s circuit breaker panel, locate the breakers that operate your furnace: [Ensure|Guarantee|Confirm]48] that the switch is in the On spot. If it is Off or in the middle of the two spots, cycle the breaker to Off and then reset it to On. The switch that appears to look 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 often the issue with furnace troubleshooting. Once it’s back On, the system will only take a few minutes to reboot. Working through these steps is a straightforward and effective way of ensuring the productivity of your furnace before you make a call to your Bakersfield expert. If there are still problems after you have gone through these steps, you will have a much better idea on how to update your [[technicians|specialists|experts}69] on what the trouble might be. If you have questions or need to set up a repair, call Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield or find us online assistance.