Clean And Maintain Your Heater Before You Call An HVAC Professional

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If the weather is cold and your furnace does not seem to be working properly, there are some things you can do before you call an HVAC professional. First, follow the instructions in your owner's manual to clean and maintain your heater. Also, try the following procedures if your heater still does not seem to be working properly:  

  • Check the Pilot Light - The pilot light may have gone out at some point and may need to be relit. If you don't see a flame, push down on the pilot button on the gas valve and light the pilot light with a wooden match. If the pilot light is lit make sure the flame is blue, even, and not flickering. 
  • Check the Fuse - Turn off the electrical power to the heater at the main electrical panel. Look for the heater fuse in the power box and replace it with a new one as it might be blown. 
  • Reset The Motor - If you have recently had a power outage, the heater motor may need to be reset. Look for the reset button near the motor housing and press it. If no response, wait about 30 minutes and do it again. 
  • Check the Filter - If you haven't changed the furnace filter in a while, it probably needs to be replaced. The fiberglass furnace filters and the pleated furnace filters can become clogged and ineffective after a while. Remove the filter and brush it off with a soft brush. Take it with you to a heater repair store or hardware store and get a replacement filter and reinstall. 
  • Dust - Brush the dust off all of the heating vents, internal heating elements, and external heating ducts. Do this with a small soft paint brush for the internal elements and a larger duster on a stick for the ducts. Blow the dust off of the pilot light by blowing air on it with a drinking straw. This will direct your breath to the exact spot on the pilot light valve that is dusty. A dirty pilot light valve can cause your furnace to not recognize the pilot flame and not run properly. After dusting, pick up all brushed off dust debris and discard. 

These are a few basic things you can do to maintain your heater. If your heater still does not work, call for an HVAC professional heating repair person to come to your residence and restart your heater. You will be glad you had a professional come out and give your heater a thorough examination and repair and replace any damaged parts. You can be confident that you and your family are safe with a fully-functioning heater. 

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