While the furnace may have a problem that requires a technician to troubleshoot, there are often simple causes.
Below are eight common reasons a furnace will not start to try out before calling a professional.
Of course, if in doubt, be sure to call a certified tech.
8 Reasons a Furnace Will Not Work
- Check the Thermostat Settings
- Check the Thermostat Batteries
- Replace the Furnace Filter
- Be Sure the Gas Valve is Turned To On
- Be Sure the Power is On
- Check the Door for a Safety Switch.
- Check the Pilot Light or Igniter
- Check for Blocked Vents
This may seem obvious, but it happens all the time.
Simply replace them with new ones to rule out bad batteries as the cause.
What they may not know is a dirty air filter can cause no airflow through a furnace, causing it to shut down.
If a furnace becomes too hot, a safety switch will turn it off.
How often the air filter needs to be replaced depends on where you live. For example, in desert areas, dust will clog filters faster compared to other places.
If you have recently moved into a home or live with someone else that may have had access to the furnace, check and be sure the gas valve is turned ON.
Many times people turn it to off when the summer comes around when the furnace is not needed.
This is usually done with a switch but can be a breaker or someone simply unplugged it.
If someone recently has opened the panel door, it sometimes needs a tap near the switch to close.
If you have an igniter, it should glow red hot so that it can start a flame when the gas comes on.
A pilot light may stay on all the time or may only come on when needed depending on your furnace. Some pilot lights that stay on constantly have a sequence of events that need to be done for it to light and stay on. Other furnaces use a spark that will light the pilot light only when needed.
Check the door panel and inside of the furnace for what type you have. If you can’t find any information on the panel then you can always Google your furnace name and model number to find out how the flame is lit.
Furniture or other items such as clothes can block air from flowing through the vents into a home.
Check the vents and be sure that any recently moved furniture or anything else is not blocking the vents from blowing warm air in. If only one vent is blocked, it usually only will affect that room, but if many vents are blocked, then it can affect the entire home.