Why Won’t My Heating System Turn On?
When Old Man Winter bears down on Macon, you fight back by turning on your home heating system. But, when you flip the switch and the warm air fails to materialize, that’s a big cause for concern. Before you call in the professionals, perform the following five steps to see if you can fix the problem yourself.
- Check the Filters – Extremely dirty filters can completely block airflow. Clean or replace filters as needed and make sure all of the vents in your home are open and free of obstructions.
- Ensure the System Is On – You may not realize that your heater (both gas and electric) has a power switch located on the unit. Make sure the switch is turned on. Additionally, look inside your electrical panel to ensure the breaker that supplies power to your heating system is in the “On” position.
- Inspect Your Thermostat – First off, make sure your thermostat is set to the “Heat” or “Auto” setting. If that doesn’t start warm airflow, raise the temperature to the highest possible setting. Wait a few minutes to see if that sets the furnace in motion.
- Check the Pilot Light – A dirty or faulty pilot light is one of the main reasons a gas furnace won’t start. Many people will leave this problem to the professionals, but if you have mechanical expertise, you may feel comfortable fixing the issue yourself. Start by turning off the power and natural gas feed to the furnace. Open the panel on the front of the unit and locate the pilot light. Refer to your user’s manual for the correct procedure to remove the pilot light from the unit. Gently but thoroughly clean the pilot light with medium grain sandpaper to remove any debris. Reattach the pilot light, replace the panel, restore power to the furnace, and return the gas flow to the unit. If the furnace still doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals.
- Make Sure Natural Gas is Flowing into the Furnace – If your furnace won’t start, it may be because the unit isn’t getting any fuel. Simply check the gas control valve to ensure it’s in the “On” position.
Call in the Professionals at Conditioned Air, Inc.
If you’ve checked off the five most common furnace problems and are still out of luck, it’s time to call the experts at Conditioned Air for help. Our trained technicians will inspect every inch of your heating system and get it back in tip-top shape to keep you warm all winter long. Our crew is fast, efficient, and on-call 24/7 so that you won’t have to suffer in the cold a minute longer than necessary. If your home heating system is down for the count, contact us today or give us a call at 478-787-6578.