My furnace is not kicking on, what are some possible solutions in Mansfield, Ohio?

When the temperatures outside drop, it’s time to turn on the furnace. However, many people discover their furnace refuses to kick on for whatever reason, leading to cold nights until a solution is found. There are a number of reasons a furnace may not work properly; these are some possible reasons.

1. Check the thermostat.
It’s often the simplest explanation. If the furnace refuses to activate, check to make sure the thermostat is set up properly. It may be set to “cool,” in which case the furnace would not activate. Check the temperature setting to ensure it is at the proper level (72 for heat in most cases.)

After performing these preliminary checks, set the temperature several degrees higher than the current room temperature to see if this causes the furnace to activate. If this doesn’t work, you are welcome ton contact H & H to discuss possibly needing someone to come out and give you a professional opinion. Take the time to check the battery in the thermostat, as well; if there have been power outages in the area lately, the thermostat may have reset to its factory settings.

2. Look at the circuit breakers.
Many furnaces have their circuits blown during the warmer months due to power surges and summer storms. In many cases, a furnace that doesn’t work may simply be turned off at the main power hub. Check the breaker box to ensure the breaker is turned to the ‘on’ position, and then look at the furnace itself to find out if it has a power switch. If it does, turn it on.

3. Change the air filter.
The air filters in the furnace are responsible for keeping the air inside a home clean and clear of debris. However, dirty filters can cause an array of different problems, including restricting airflow and causing the heat to build too quickly, shutting off the furnace before it has a chance to work properly.

Dirty filters can cause damage to the furnace and reduce its longevity. Filters are inexpensive and should be replaced every three to six months depending on level of use and need.

4. Check the gas.
If the furnace is gas powered, make sure the gas is allowed to flow to the furnace. If so, ensure the pilot light hasn’t been blown out. This is usually found behind a front panel and can easily be fixed with an extendable lighter.

5. Check intake valves.
If the furnace pulls in air from the outdoors, check to ensure the intake valves are not blocked or covered by debris. Leaves and grass can block these vents and cause the furnace to malfunction.

Our H & H team is here to help with any questions you may have. If you need our help at any time to get your furnace performing properly, we have decades of experience behind us to get your furnace running as soon as possible. Contact us today!