Before the weather gets any colder, make sure your furnace is prepped for the season. Not preparing your furnace could add up to preventable repairs and potentially delayed service because of the influx of furnace repairs. This is for owners, investors, tenants, and employees.
Here are steps you can take to prepare your furnace and minimize costly repairs.
Make sure your furnace is getting power: check your breaker panel for any tripped breakers if it will not turn on.
Ensure that the furnace power switch has been switched “on”: your furnace may have a switch on the side of the furnace that needs to be turned on. Some furnaces located in the attic will have a switch installed (just like a light switch) in the attic and that switch needs to be turned “on”.
Look outside to make sure that nothing is blocking the fresh air intake and the exhaust: remove leaves or any equipment that is on your condenser coils outside (your outside units) so that airflow is not obstructed.
Check your thermostat settings: Is your thermostat on the “heat” setting? Do you have the temperature setting correct and at a high enough setting to turn on? Do you have the setting on “auto” or do you have the setting where the fan is always “on”?
Check thermostat batteries.
Check your furnace filter: filters should be changed at a minimum of every 3 months, or sooner depending on conditions like smoking, pets, keeping windows and doors open, etc….)