What To Do When Your Furnace Stops Working

If your furnace stops working, getting it up and running quickly is essential, especially in the wintertime. Sometimes the furnace stops because of something minor and you can deal with it, but if the heat goes out and you can't seem to find the problem, you may need to hire an HVAC professional to help.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition Services

Most HVAC companies work on many different types of furnaces and can help you get your heat back on. Whether you have a hot water boiler or a forced hot air furnace that used propane or natural gas to fuel it, there are some common denominators across the systems. 

Fuel, air, and electricity are all critical parts of any HVAC system, and no matter what kind of furnace you have, if any of these is missing, the furnace will not run properly. You can check some of these things yourself, or you can call in a professional HVAC tech to take a look at the system and find the problem. 

Air Flow and Filtration

No matter what kind of furnace you have, it needs to be able to breathe for the fuel to durn properly. If the air filters on the furnace are dirty, the system may shut down to protect the system. The filters are easy to change, and your HVAC tech can show you where they are as well as tell you how often to change them. 

If you are not comfortable changing them, you can have the tech come out and do it, but there will more than likely be a service call charge every time they come out. 

Fuel Problems

If you have fuel in the tank but the furnace still is not running right and you suspect a fuel issue, give the HVAC company a call and have them check the system. There are filters on the fuel line that can get dirty and slow or even stop the flow of fuel to the burner. In most cases, this is not something you can fix on your own, so getting a technician to look at the furnace and see what is happening is the best option. 

Most furnaces have reset buttons on them, so you can try resetting it if the furnace is not responding. If you use the reset button, never reset more than twice, and if the furnace runs and shits back down after a reset, leave it down and call your local HVAC company and have them check the system thoroughly. Consider finding a furnace repair contractor this winter.