Why Is Your Heater Not Turning On?

Moving into the cold months of winter, many people are turning on their furnace for the first time in a long time, only to find out that it's not starting. When that happens, you'll have to go through quick list of possible explanations for why that's happening, but if you can't figure it out, or if none of the below solutions work, contact an HVAC company that specializes in heating repair soon as possible.

Your Thermostat Is Bad

It sounds simple, but it's surprising how many people contact an HVAC company to schedule heating repair service when the solution is as simple as a thermostat that has been turned off. A malfunctioning thermostat could be the cause of your problems. Since these machines only last around 10 years on average, if you're approaching that point, you should consider replacing yours with an energy-efficient smart thermostat instead.

Your Breaker Switch Is Flipped

A home's power grid is laid out by sections, and the air conditioner and furnace are usually on their own grid. Even a slight power surge can cause the switch in the breaker box to flip and turn the power off to the unit, so check there first. If it is switched, then simply flip it back on and the power should return, but be careful if it keeps switching back off. That means you have an electrical issue that needs to be addressed by a professional.

Your Connection Is Off

No matter if you run gas or electricity, your furnace will need power in order to operate. A gas line that has come undone can not only cause your furnace to not function, but it can also create a gas leak inside your home that can be dangerous. An electrical connection is not as dangerous but still needs to be handled by a professional because of the risk of electric shock. Regardless, for most HVAC technicians, this is a relatively simple heating repair call, so don't delay in making an appointment.

Your Unit Is Clogged

Air filters help regulate the airflow from both your air conditioner and your furnace, but if it's clogged, no air will be able to pass through and it will eventually choke out your system. Replace the air filter and see if your furnace starts back up, but if it doesn't, you'll need a professional heating repair service to inspect it to see if there's been further damage.