The heat in your home is what keeps you and your family warm, but it can also prevent issues such as frozen pipes in the winter months. If you don't have heat, it can cause all types of problems, and it can be dangerous, especially during those extremely low temperatures. If your heat has stopped working, there may be a few things you can do to get it working again. Read on for some tips to help you get your heat working again.
1. Check Your Thermostat
The thermostat may have had some of the settings changed. Take a look at the thermostat to see if the settings have been changed, such as the temperature, or if has been turned to the "off" setting. It may also be running on the only fan setting. If your thermostat has been changed, adjust the temperature and other settings and listen for the heat to turn on. If it's still not working, check the wiring to be sure it is still in place, including at the furnace. If anything seems off, tighten the wiring, or reattach the wires. If this didn't do anything at all, you can replace the thermostat, especially if it's an older one, to see if this helps get the furnace working again.
2. Change The Air Filter
If the air filter is too dirty, it can shut off your furnace and prevent it from running at all. You need to change the air filter and should be changing it regularly. You should also be sure your furnace is kept clean and the area surrounding the furnace is clean as well. If you don't have proper airflow to the furnace and surrounding the furnace, it can cause an issue and your furnace will just shut off.
3. Clean The Flame Sensor
Make sure the flame sensor in your furnace is clean. If it's covered in soot, it will not light properly. You can clean the flame sensor using a piece of emery cloth. Scrub the flame sensor to remove the soot, then try to turn on your furnace again. If it still is not working, and you don't have a flame, there could be another issue such as a cracked heat exchanger.
If your furnace is not running properly, there are things you can do to get it working again. If you aren't able to repair your furnace yourself or if you aren't comfortable making the repairs, you can hire a professional heating contractor to make the repairs for you.
Contact a local heating company, such as Gordon Mechanical NV, to learn more.