What to Do When Furnace Breaks Down

It is said that you rarely appreciate what you have until it is taken away from you. This proverb certainly applies to your furnace, an appliance you probably don’t worry about until your house starts to feel cold.

To maintain your home warm and secure during the winter months, you’ll need a working furnace. What if, on the other hand, your furnace breaks out when the temperature drops below freezing?

Don’t be alarmed; follow the steps and recommendations below to troubleshoot your furnace and determine whether it requires professional attention:

  • Take A Look At The Power.

Is there no power in the other house? Consider that your furnace, like your refrigerator and microwave, runs on energy. And, yes, this also applies to natural gas furnaces. Your gas furnace requires electricity to connect with your thermostat and power the blower motor. Furthermore, many furnaces are built to shut down automatically if power is lost for safety reasons.

Call your local company to determine how long it will take to restore power if the power is out. If all of your lights and outlets are still working, there are several different problems to look into.

  • Take A Look At The Thermostat.

Ensure your thermostat is turned on and set to “warm-up.” Set your thermostat 5 degrees higher than the room’s current temperature. Almost quickly, you should hear the furnace turn on. If the screen stays blank and the furnace still does not turn on, try replacing the batteries in your thermostat. If the thermostat appears to be in good working order, but the furnace still refuses to come on, it’s time to inspect the furnace.

  • Check The Furnace Room.

Before calling for a repair, go to your furnace room and look for the following last-minute culprits that can cause a lot of trouble:

Furnace switch: Make sure your furnace’s shut-off switch is turned on. 

Blower motor: Make sure that the front panel covering the blower motor is closed and fastened firmly. The blower motor is positioned in the furnace’s bottom cabinet.

Air filter: If your furnace air filter is more than a month old, replace it. A blocked or dirty filter can reduce the efficiency of your furnace and potentially cause it to shut down.

  • Call For Expert.

After you’ve checked out all other possibilities, it’s time to enlist the help of a professional. You can look for the best experts for furnace repair in Fontana CA.  Maintenance professionals will know how to get to all of the tubes that could be clogged with condensation and any rusted connections. They’ll also be able to look for more serious issues like broken motors and belts. If the furnace is newer, the issue is likely to be small. If your furnace is older, though, you may be faced with a more costly repair.

There’s no need to stress if you’ve tried all of these troubleshooting methods. Masco and Sons heating installation in Fontana CA provides 24-hour emergency service every season, and all parts and services are guaranteed. If your furnace has broken down and you’re caught in the cold, give us a call for emergency service at 760-953-0383.