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What to Do When Your Furnace Goes Out in Winter

Published by Jennifer Fletcher

Winter can be a magical time, with snow, holidays, and cozying under some blankets. However, it can quickly become a nightmare when your furnace suddenly stops working on a cold winter night. Don’t worry, though! Here are some essential steps to take when your furnace goes out in winter.

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Steps To Take When the Thermostat Goes Out

  • Check the Thermostat: Sometimes, the issue is as simple as a thermostat malfunction. Set the thermostat to “heat” at the desired temperature and change the batteries.
  • Inspect the Filter: A clogged air filter can reduce your heating efficiency. Replacing or cleaning it may solve your problem.
  • Verify the Power: Ensure the furnace is getting power. Check the circuit breaker and reset it if necessary. Also, inspect the power switch so that it’s on.
  • Call for Professional Help: If these steps don’t resolve the issue, contact a local HVAC technician. Trying to fix complex furnace repairs yourself is dangerous and might worsen the issues.

If your furnace continues to malfunction, consider a furnace replacement. Overall, newer heating systems are more energy-efficient and reliable. Opt for an HVAC system with a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) for cleaner heat, variable speeds, and sealed combustion. Doing so can significantly improve your comfort and reduce energy bills.

When Choosing a Furnace Replacement

  • Choose the Right Size: Your new furnace should fit your home. An oversized or undersized unit won’t work efficiently, so choose one based on available square footage.
  • Consider Energy Efficiency: Opt for a high-efficiency furnace to reduce energy consumption and lower heating bills.
  • Professional Installation: A certified technician will install the new furnace, ensuring optimal performance and safety. That way, you avoid any safety risks or HVAC disruptions.

When your furnace breaks in winter, start with some basic troubleshooting, but don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. They can help you find a natural gas furnace or electric furnace that fits your home. That way, you have an energy-efficient heating system with optimal performance without increasing utility costs.

Modern Air Solutions Will Find and install the Heater You Need!

At Modern Air Solutions, we offer expert furnace installation and replacement services to keep your home comfortable all year. Don’t let a furnace malfunction ruin your winter. Call 630-675-4194 today for all your heating needs!

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