Furnace Troubleshooting in Your New Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

Moving into a new home represents a variety of challenges. And when you move into your new home during the winter, those challenges can expand exponentially. Chief among these challenges can be a malfunctioning or under-performing furnace. You may not notice this right away as you carry in boxes and furniture, but as soon as you settle in for the night, you notice that the house is cold or the furnace doesn't kick on when it should.

Luckily, there are some basic furnace troubleshooting techniques that you can use to help get your new home warm and cozy in no time. 

Check for Thermostat Issues

The majority of the time, when you are having furnace troubles, it has something to do with your thermostat. First and foremost, check to make sure that the thermostat is set to "heat." When your realtor or landlord was showing the house to prospective buyers/renters, they may not have left the heat on in the house. If this is the case, fixing your problem may just come down to the flip of a switch. 

If the thermostat is set to heat, turn the temperature up a bit and see if this helps kick your heat into gear. It could be that your thermostat is inaccurate and needs to be replaced with an updated model at a later date, but at least turning it up gets some heat circulating in your otherwise cold house. 

Finally, check your circuit breakers if neither of these methods work. You may have a blown fuse that needs to be addressed or you may just need to throw the breaker again. 

Check for Blockages & Filter Problems

If your heat is on and your furnace is running but you do not feel any warm air circulating throughout your home, the problem is likely in your ductwork or your filter. First, explore your new home and find all of the room air vents. Make sure that these vents are open and the registers are not closed blocking the flow of air throughout your home. 

Next, your will need to turn your heat off and inspect your furnace filter. If the filter is dirty, this may be your primary problem. Change the filter and fire your furnace back up. If this still does not get warm air circulating throughout your home, you may have clogs deeper in your ducts. You can choose to try to clear these yourself or you can call a professional for furnace repair and assistance. 

If your heat isn't working quite as well as it should when you move into your new home, use these basic troubleshooting techniques to try to get it up and running quickly and easily. However, should these methods fail you, a furnace repair specialist can come and help.


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