What to Do if Your Furnace Stops Working

heating and cooling minneapolisIt always seems like your furnace stops working at the most inopportune time. Maybe it’s right when the temperatures outside start to plummet, or maybe it’s right before you have company coming to visit. Regardless of when it happens, it can be a stressful time. We specialize in heating and cooling in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, and we have helped countless homeowners like you when their furnaces have stopped working. Here are a few common reasons your furnace might not be working and some repairs you can try on your own. But if none of these work, you should call us for help.

When we are called to help with heating and cooling repairs, the first thing we will check is the furnace’s or air conditioner’s filters. If your furnace is not working, the first thing you should check is the filter. If the one in your furnace is dirty, then you should go out and get a new one and replace it. This is one of the most common culprits when a furnace stops working for no apparent reason. So if your furnace suddenly isn’t blowing out as much air as usual, or if it suddenly shuts down, then chances are you need to replace the filter.

Your thermostat might also be the reason your furnace isn’t working properly. This is yet another common reason we are called to homes to help with heating and cooling repairs. Double check your thermostat to make sure it is set to heat. If it is, then check the thermostat’s batteries. And if the batteries are fine, open the thermostat’s panel and gently blow out any dust or other debris that is settled on it. We can also help fix or replace thermostats, so if none of these solutions work, give us a call for help.

Did you or someone else recently open the blower motor panel? If so, make sure the panel is fully shut. If this panel hasn’t been fully closed, there is a safety mechanism that will keep the furnace from turning on. Double check this and then call us if your furnace still isn’t running.

Finally, if none of these other solutions fixes the problem, check your home’s air ducts and vents. Make sure all vents are fully open. After that, check your air duct system for leaks and if you find any, seal them with mastic sealant.

If you need further help with the heating and cooling in your Minneapolis home, call Aabbott Ferraro at (651) 776-7214, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on a New Installation.

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