3 Things To Troubleshoot When Your Furnace Isn't Working

If you are worried about the fact that your heater isn't working when it's cold outside, then you need to call a service tech to come out to your house as soon as possible to take care of it. However, you may be able to do some things before the tech comes over. That can help you see if you can fix the problem yourself, and if you can't, it can at least let you narrow down issues to certain things so that the tech can not have to worry about those particular issues. That will let them get to the real problem faster. So, what are some of the things that you can do?

Check Your Fuel Oil

If you have a furnace that uses some kind of fuel oil to run and it has stopped running, then you should go and check your tank. All tanks will have an indicator that shows how much fuel is left in there, and it should be easy to access and easy to read. If your fuel level is low, call your delivery company to have them deliver fuel to you and see if that gets your furnace back on. 

Check Your Pilot Light

If you have a pilot light for your furnace, you want to make sure that it is operating. Most newer furnaces use an electric spark to ignite the burner, but if you have an older furnace, you may have an actual pilot light. Look at your furnace to see if you can see if it's there. If you don't feel comfortable relighting it, then you should wait until you can get a service tech to come to your house to do it. 

Check Your Thermostat

There are a couple of things that you should check on your thermostat. One is that you need to check to make sure that the switch is turned on for the heat. The next is to check to see if the thermostat is just not synced up well. The way to do that is to turn the thermostat up as high as it can go. If your furnace turns on, then you will need to make sure that your thermostat gets adjusted so that it will be more accurate. 

If you have tried everything you can think of to get your furnace working and nothing helps or you just are worried about making things worse if you try to figure out what is going on, then you should call a heat repair company so that they will come in and get your furnace working.