Heating season is coming.  You need to be prepared to protect you, your family and your wallet.

This blog applies to all furnaces but especially if your furnace looks like the one below, or if your furnace is more than 15 years old.  The older furnace can have combustion and carbon monoxide issues so be sure to protect yourself and your family.

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Residential heating equipment is often overlooked when it comes to maintenance.  Often the furnace is of out of sight, out of mind.  Like your car, your furnace needs, at a minimum, annual maintenance performed on it.  Preheating season is the perfect time to address prepping your furnace so you have safe heat for the winter.  The image above is an older furnace that really needs to be tested to keep you safe from combustion issues and carbon monoxide issues.

If your furnace doesn’t turn on, we have included some simple troubleshooting for you or just call us and we can take a look at it.  Eliminating the obvious issues can help you save repair money too.  Scroll down for these basic suggestions in this article that can help you below… read on.  Cold Craft, Inc. takes no responsibility for work or troubleshooting that you perform on your own equipment.

I Need a Safety Check and Tune Up…

Well you are in luck, you can get a $50 rebate for your annual combustion and carbon dioxide safety check and tune up (for money saving efficiency).  This is a limited time offer and when they are gone they are gone. 

Click green bubble below for more details…

50% Rebate on Residential Tune Up Limited Time Offer - Limited Supply Ends November 16, 2012

My Natural Gas or Propane Furnace has No Heat:

Not having heat when it is cold is never convenient, but if you have children or older people in your home it can become a more urgent situation – even in the temperate Silicon Valley.

More times than not the solution to your heating problem is just a click or a battery change away.  No need to call and pay for a professional heating expert before you rule out the more common issues.

In the colder weather, heating companies receive more calls which means that you may be waiting for service.  Try these tips and maybe you will have heat in a snap.

  1. Sometimes a battery operated thermostat has old or dead batteries.  If your thermostat is battery operated, try replacing the batteries, one indication of a battery issue is a weak or missing display.
  2. Check if the thermostat is set higher than the current temperature (so it is asking the furnace for heat).  If the setting is below the current temperature the furnace will not go on.
  3. If you turn off your heat in the summer or have air conditioning, it is possible that the thermostat is in the wrong mode.  Make sure that the thermostat is in heat mode and not in A/C or off modes.  Also try moving the temperature lever or dial of the thermostat up and down a couple of degrees to get it to kick on.
  4. Make sure that the switch to furnace (usually located on the wall next to the furnace) is in ‘on’ position. This switch can be accidently turned off if brushed against or perhaps it was purposely turned off for the summer.  Many times this switch looks like a common light switch.
  5. It is possible that the circuit breaker was tripped.  Try resetting the circuit breaker. ***A word of caution, if others are troubleshooting the furnace also make sure they are aware that you are turning the power back on to the furnace.  If it trips again, it could indicate a serious problem and should be checked into.  How to reset a breaker.
  6. If you made your home ready for summer it is possible that the gas line was turned off.  Make sure gas line is open and turned back on so the furnace has fuel to burn. How to turn gas back on to an appliance (need to scroll down on linked page). If you do not feel comfortable, call your gas provider for assistance.
  7. If you have a pilot light make sure it is lit.  Keep in mind many newer furnaces do not have a constant pilot light.
  8. As always change your filter regularly, it can cause the furnace to also shut down.

If these tips they don’t work it may indicate a more serious problem – please call Cold Craft, Inc.  and our expertly trained NATE Certified Technicians can assist you in getting comfortable again


If you need help with temperature, contact Cold Craft, Inc.

408.374.7292 or [email protected]

By Published On: September 25, 2014

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