As cooler weather sets in, are you looking for some quick tips to keep your gas furnace in your Vancouver home in top condition during the winter season? If so, the following troubleshooting guide will help to answer some of your questions such as:
- How to turn the furnace on?
- The easiest way to change a furnace filter?
- How to test the furnace’s airflow?
- What should you do if the furnace does not ignite?
Hopefully, this troubleshooting guide will give you the answers you need to resolve your gas furnace issues and keep you and your family warm this winter.
How To Turn Your Gas Furnace On
Although it sounds simple enough, there are some people who do not know how to turn their gas furnace on. The following step by step information will guide you in the right direction.
The first thing that you will need to do is locate the breaker that is connected to the furnace. The breaker is part of the electrical panel, and it is typically located the garage, utility room or the basement. The breaker should be labeled with a special marking. Make sure the breaker is positioned to be on.
You will then need to find the switch for the furnace and turn it on. This switch is usually located near the bottom of the stairs in the basement. However, it could also be located in the ceiling or in the furnace room. It is typically positioned at eye level.
Check and set the thermostat. Make sure the furnace is on, and then make sure that the selector switch is positioned to “heat”. The last thing that you will need to do is adjust the temperature. Your gas furnace should be ready to heat your home.
The Furnace Filter
When your furnace filter is properly maintained, the airflow will be optimized. This will allow your gas furnace to run economically and efficiently during the coldest part of the year. In order to prevent the parts of your furnace from burning out, you should inspect the filter every month and change the filter, at least, every six months. It is a simple process that will not require much time.
You will need to carefully open the panel door of the furnace. The filter can then be removed by sliding it until it comes out. Inspect the filter to see if there is any discoloration or darkness on the filter.
If you are not able to see clearly through the filter, you will need to replace it. Simply place the new filter into the back of the gas furnace, and make sure that it is installed to meet the airflow.
Test The Airflow In Your Furnace
If there are one or more areas in your home that are always cold, you will need to test the airflow to those areas. Your gas furnace may not be supplying enough warm air to those areas. You can test the airflow by using a simple technique called the trash bag airflow test.
Ron Severin of Vancouver Furnace Repair and Installation says “This is a quick and easy way to determine the amount of airflow by watching how long it takes for the trash bag to fill with air. Although this is not the best measurement, it will give you an idea as to what is going on and whether you need to contact a technician.”
In order to complete the trash bag test, you will need to tape the trash bag’s mouth to a piece of cardboard. You will then need to crush the bag so it is flat and place it over the exhaust hood. Finally, count the number of seconds it takes for the bag to inflate.
If it takes more than 10 seconds, insufficient airflow is entering into the room.
These are just some of the most common troubleshooting and gas furnace repair issues that homeowners face. Hire a reputable technician for heating service in Vancouver if you need professional assistance.