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Help! What to do when the House is Cold

After multiple days of temperatures in the mid-60s and higher, we had our collective fingers crossed that we might avoid seeing any accumulating snow this month. Considering that we live in the Midwest, the home of variable weather, this was probably a little bit unrealistic. True to form, mid-February the snow arrived and there continues to be a number of chances for more snow in the immediate forecast.

Thankfully we’re not seeing amounts close to what the East Coast has been hit with, but we are experiencing temperatures that are much colder than what many of us would like. The below-normal cold makes a reliable working furnace especially important. While no one anticipates having to dealing with a furnace that’s not working, it can be valuable to have a list of troubleshooting tips ready just in case.

Start with the Basics – It may sound simple, but a flip of a switch by little hands or an inadvertent bump could move the furnace settings from “heat” to “cool.” While you’re in front of the thermostat, make sure that the program is displaying the right time of day and correct a.m. / p.m. settings. Even a small adjustment can affect when the furnace turns on.

Compare Room Temp and Desired Temperature – Sometimes a small adjustment can be just what’s needed. To trigger the furnace, set the temperature for 5 degrees warmer than the current room temperature. If this doesn’t achieve the desired results, check out the manufacturer’s troubleshooting tips for the thermostat. If you’ve misplaced your manual, find it online at the manufacturer’s website.

Check the Wiring, Battery and Cover – As like many technological devices, a small discrepancy can make the difference between the thermostat working or not. Start with a visual inspection. Is the thermostat sitting level on the wall, and is the cover tight? Lastly, check that the battery inside is fresh. A combination of a dead battery and a power outage can wipe out custom settings.

Dirt, Dust and Corrosion – Despite the cover, a home thermostat can stop working if the inside is crammed with dust and dirt. Gently remove the cover and remove any debris, giving the inside a look to make sure all wires are connected and there are no signs of corrosion. Dirty furnace filters can also be another reason for a heater to stop working. Quick tip: If you can no longer see through a pleated filter, it’s time to install a new one.

If these actions fail to jump-start your furnace, contact Davenport for an expert opinion on furnace repair or a replacement option. Our friendly 24-hour service means that a furnace technician will be able to troubleshoot the condition fast and get your heat back on quickly. Sign up for our VIP Maintenance Program, and you’ll also receive a free electronic digital thermostat.

Founded in 1980, Davenport Service Company has provided “Customer First” service in Johnson County, Kansas for more than three decades. We provide 24/7 emergency service, preventive maintenance service, and seasonal tune-ups for commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems. If you’re looking for a furnace tune-up in Olathe, call 913-441-2222 for hassle-free scheduling today!

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