Furnace maintenance blog

Is your heater not turning on? Throw your heating repair worries into the furnace with our blog series do-it-yourself troubleshooting guide.  This is a furnace maintenance blog.

As the warm summer days draw to a close, it is important to start thinking forward to the chilly Autumn days to come. Whether you are curling up on the couch with family and friends for a Broncos game on a clean, crisp fall day, or reading your favorite book and drinking something hot alone while colored leaves fall outside your window. We want to make sure that you are able to enjoy all of your favorite autumn activities in comfort.

This series will give you some of the basic furnace troubleshooting tips needed to keep your home warm for the upcoming colder months. Before you begin any gas or electric furnace troubleshooting it is important to keep your households safety in mind. Begin with making sure the power is off on your device. You can do this by turning off the switch plate (usually red) found near the device or top of the cellar stairs. Next locate the fuel shutoff valve, located near the oil tank or on the incoming gas pipe.

Now that we have that out of the way, we can start your furnace troubleshooting. Often times the reason for your heater not turning on is due to a collection of soot in the combustion chamber. You can repair this, without an hvac contractor by initially taking off the combustion chamber door, located in the back. This can be done by lifting the door up and out. Then you can clean the chamber by carefully finding signs of soot (with a flashlight) then taking a small wire brush to brush it off. After this, grab your vacuum and tape a small ½ drain pipe to the end of the hose (approximately the length of your furnace) and begin to collect the soot you just cleaned off.

Thank you for taking some time to read our first installment in the do-it-yourself furnace troubleshooting blog series! We hope it helps in your heating repair needs.

Mar 27th, 2017

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