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Furnace Troubleshooting Guide

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As a Maryland homeowner, you want your furnace to work like it should during the cold winter months. Like most major components of your home’s HVAC system, it’s easy to take your furnace for granted until something goes awry. At BGE HOME, we understand how frustrating it can be to wake up to a cold home, which is why we’ve dedicated ourselves to offering the best furnace repair and replacement services throughout Baltimore, Rockville, and Frederick. If the furnace troubleshooting tips below don’t solve your furnace problem, contact our Maryland furnace experts today.

Problem: The Furnace Doesn’t Turn On

Troubleshooting Tips

If you’ve noticed the heat has stopped working in your home and you go to check the furnace only to find it won’t turn on, you’re not alone. This is a very common furnace problem. Luckily, there are a few things you can check before making the call to your local furnace repair company.

Check that your thermostat is turned on

At BGE HOME, we’ve received several service calls that could have been prevented by simply checking the home’s thermostat. Those little machines are trickier than they appear, and several things can go wrong. The first thing we recommend is checking the battery on your thermostat. If the battery is dead, swap it out for a new one to get your furnace up and running again. If you replace the battery and your thermostat still doesn’t turn on, make sure that it is turned to its “HEATING” mode.

If your furnace is attached to your home’s electrical system, you may want to inspect the circuit breaker. Make sure the circuit breaker for your furnace is turned to the “ON” position.

Problem: The Furnace Runs, But Isn’t Producing Warm Air

Troubleshooting Tips

This is a common furnace problem that occurs when you turn your furnace on for the first time after several months of non-use. In some cases, it may take your furnace some time to warm up. If your furnace still fails to warm up, try the following tips:

  • Clear any obstructions from your home’s vents to maximize air circulation
  • Check the air filter to make sure it is clean; dirty filters will slow air flow
  • Inspect your circuit breaker and power supply

Problem: The Furnace Shuts Off Continuously

Troubleshooting Tips

Move any heat-generating devices away from your thermostat; they may cause your system to shut off.

If the troubleshooting tips above don’t solve the problem, reach out to the HVAC experts at BGE HOME. We have years of experience repairing both gas and electric furnaces, as well as heat pumps and boilers. Schedule a service with our professional team today.

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