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Make sure thermostat and gas valve is on before calling a technician

Now that the weather is gradually getting colder each day, you are probably considering turning on the heat. So you go and do it, only to find that your furnace isn’t producing heat throughout your home. Why? Because it’s not turned on. While that could be an issue that needs repairing, there are a few things you can check before calling in a technician:

  1. Check to make sure the thermostat is on. If it’s not on the right setting, the right temperature, the correct day/time; or if the battery is dead or the wires are broken then your furnace won’t know when it has to come on.
  2. The reason could literally be because the switch is not turned on. Check the standard wall switch on or near the furnace to make sure it’s not off, and then check the circuit breaker for the furnace.
  3. Having a dirty air filter is the most common cause of furnace problems. Dirty restricts air flow and if the filter is too clogged, the heat exchanger will overheat and shut off too quickly.
  4. Someone may have turned the gas valve off and forgot to turn it back on. If you have an older furnace, check to see if the pilot light is on.
  5. Make sure the chimney exhaust flue is clear.
  6. Furnaces can drain off several gallons of water a day. If those drain lines become restricted by sediment, the furnace will stop working. To get it back in working order, try flushing out the drain lines.

Still having furnace problems? No worries – Approved Comfort is here to make you comfortable. Call us today!     Is it time for a furnace repair… again? Are you continuously dishing out loads of money on those repairs? It’s costly. But, fortunately for you, pretty easy to remedy. With a brand new high-efficiency furnace not only will you get increased reliability, but you’ll save all that money in repair costs. Speaking of saving money, if you purchase and install a new Nicor Gas furnace between October 2013 and May 31, 2014, you’ll be eligible for the following rebates:

  • Installing one with 97% or higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) receives a $400 rebate
  • 95% AFUE receives $300 rebate
  • 92% or lower AFUE receives $200 rebate

All rebate applications must be postmarked or submitted online within 90 days of installation, or by June 30, 2014.