Having a problem with your furnace in the winter can be very upsetting and uncomfortable. However, you may be able to get your furnace working again if you try the following suggestions before calling for repairs.

Check the Circuit Breaker

When the furnace stops working, it is natural to assume that there is a problem with the furnace itself. However, sometimes the furnace is not the problem. Before even looking at your furnace, check your circuit breaker to make sure that power is getting to the furnace in the first place. Try flipping the breaker; if it trips again, you may have a problem with your electrical load that needs the attention of an electrician.

Check the Thermostat

Another simple thing to check before calling for repairs is the thermostat. This seems like an obvious solution, but many people avoid this step because they don't think it is the problem--only to find out that it is. If your thermostat is battery-powered, it may just need fresh batteries.

Make sure your thermostat is set to "heat," and if there is still a problem, turn your attention to the fan switch. Turn it to "on," and if nothing happens, you will know it's time to head to the furnace itself and do some further exploration.

Clean the Filter and Blower

If your furnace is on but isn't heating properly, you may think that the furnace needs to be replaced. However, you may just have a clogged filter or blower. Simply unclogging these things can resolve the problem for you. Make sure your furnace is off, and use the handheld attachment to your vacuum to suck dust out of the blower. However, be sure to close the blower panel completely when you're done, as some furnaces have a safety measure that prevents furnace operation if the blower panels is left open.

To clean the filter, use an old toothbrush to brush dirt out of the filter. You may even choose to replace the filter if it is very dirty. To avoid problems in the future, it is wise to clean the filter regularly.

Keep the above tips on hand, so that if you have a problem with your furnace, you can give them a try. If you continue to have problems, get in touch with a heating contractor from a company like G K Mechanical (1997) Ltd. You can tell them what you've already tried, so that they can repair your furnace more quickly.