A couple cold at home, bundled in layers - When it’s cold, there is no worse time for your furnace to stop working. Here are a few things you should do if that happens and you need a temporary fix.

It’s been rather cold here in Pittsburgh. And when it’s cold, there is no worse time for your furnace to stop working. We wanted to write this blog for all those folks up in the middle of the night to a frozen home. Here are a few things you should do if your furnace stops working and you need a temporary fix.

For Starters

This may sound a little obvious, maybe even insane, but the first thing you need to do is check to make sure the power is on. We can’t tell you how many calls we’ve received over the years where that was the issue. You should also check your gas stove or water heater to make sure the gas line is on.

The next things you can check are the filters and thermostat batteries. In regard to the filters, you need to make sure they aren’t blocked, and air can move through them freely. Or your thermostat batteries may simply be old and need to be replaced.

Next Steps

If you’re still struggling to find the source of the issue, there are a few more things you can check. First, check the furnace (on some machines) for any LED lights indicating an error. Then, try the old IT adage of “turn it off and turn it on again”.  You should cycle the furnace on and off at the electrical power switch on the furnace, not the thermostat. If you think it could be the filter, clean it and/or change it out for a new one.

If Your Furnace Stops Working, Use Your Senses

And if all else fails, call upon your five senses to help you solve the problem. Use your eyes, does anything look off? Can you see wires you’ve never seen before? Or a screen code that isn’t normally there? Use your sense of smell. Is there a faint burning smell that could indicate overheating? Or even gas? (In which case you need to call your gas company or 911 immediately!). Listen for odd noises or sounds you don’t normally hear. Any of this information could help diagnose the issue.

If Your Furnace Stops Working, You Can Always Call Proudfoot

If your furnace still won’t function, you can always call on Proudfoot Plumbing, Heating, and Air.  Our expert technician will do a thorough inspection to accurately diagnose the problem. And then we’ll have the repair or replacement done quickly and with as little intrusion into your daily life as humanly possible!  That’s why we think you should choose us.  Call us at 1-412-461-2198.  We hope to see you soon; that is, only if you have a furnace fiasco!

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