It’s a frigid day in January and you wake up in your Crystal Lake or McHenry County, IL home. Your house is much cooler than normal and as you wake up you realize it is actually really cold. Your first thought is that you have a furnace issue and you need to call an HVAC technician. You recognize that it is not just uncomfortable in your home but if you don’t get heat restored soon, you could experience even more issues like frozen pipes.

6 Furnace Troubleshooting Tips

Before you grab your phone, you may want to take a few simple steps to see if you may be able to resolve the issue on your own. This may help correct the problem quicker and without the expense of a potentially unnecessary emergency furnace repair call.

  1. Check your thermostat. It is quite possible that your thermostat was inadvertently turned way down or perhaps even turned off of its heat setting. Check your thermostat to make sure it is set to “heat” and the temperature is set appropriately.
  2. Check to see if you have power. Even if you have a natural gas furnace, an interruption in electric will interrupt your furnace from producing heat. Your neighborhood may have lost power or perhaps you have a circuit breaker that has blown. If you have lost power to your home, contact your power company. If a circuit breaker was tripped, you can try to reset it. If the circuit immediately breaks again, call your HVAC professional.
  3. Check the pilot light. Even when your furnace is not running it should have a small pilot light available to provide ignition. If the pilot light is out, you can try to relight it using a fireplace match or long barbecue-style lighter. Of course, if you are not comfortable with this, call a technician.
  4. Make sure your gas is on. If your gas supply has been interrupted, you will have to reignite the pilot light.
  5. Check your air filter. An air filter that has been become extremely clogged will not allow the air to be heated properly.
  6. See if your blower motor is running. A short while after your furnace ignites, the blower motor should begin running, pushing the warmed air through your home. If you don’t hear the motor starting soon after ignition, the blower motor may have failed.

4 Furnace Items to Know When Calling for Repair

If the above steps do not resolve your issue, it is time to call Althoff Industries. You can take comfort knowing that we provide 24/7/365 emergency service to get your furnace operating as quickly as possible. Prior to calling us for an emergency furnace repair, take these additional steps to help us resolve your issue more promptly.

  • Make note of your furnace brand and model number.
  • Make note of your furnace’s approximate age.
  • Write down the steps you took in trying to determine the problem.
  • Be sure to let us know if we have done previous work for you.

Share any of the above information when you’re on the phone with our customer service representative when scheduling your service call.

Knowing the above information will give our technician a head start on what your specific problem may be and even help in making sure he has the appropriate part or parts with him to resolve the problem on the initial call. If you are handy, we may even be able to direct you on the telephone to make a simple fix.

Watch long time customer Pam Hoffman’s testimonial about her experience with our emergency HVAC repair services:

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Waking up to a home without heat can interrupt your entire day. It is our goal at Althoff Industries to minimize any disturbance to you and your home and restore heat quickly and safely. If the loss of heat is the result of a deeper issue relating to the age or maintenance of your furnace, we will discuss your options with you.

If you live in the NW Chicago suburbs or Crystal Lake and McHenry County area, we invite you to make Althoff Industries your go-to team when it comes to the comfort of your indoor air. Any day, anytime, we are here to assist you.

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