While our days may still be pretty warm, no one can deny that our nighttime temperatures are starting to take a dip. We can (mostly) all agree that comfy pajamas are a great way to keep warm and an even better way to keep your home comfortable is to make sure that your furnace is ready to provide the heat you need.
When a furnace has been turned off for the cooling season, turning it back on is going to be the first step you have to take to get that heating power. But turning on your furnace needs to be done carefully. Here are some tips on how to go about turning on your furnace properly so you can enjoy nights that are warm and safe.
Steps to Turning on Your Furnace
A lot of people turn off their gas-burning furnace during the seasons when it isn’t in use. This is because it helps to save both energy and fuel throughout those warmer seasons. As temperatures start to take a turn into cooler ranges, now is a good time to work on turning your furnace back on again to make sure it is in good condition.
Step 1. Make sure the furnace and the area around it are ready.
First things first, you should make sure that everything within your furnace and the area around it are prepared properly. This means doing your due diligence such as checking your furnace’s instructions, looking for water or gas that has leaked around the furnace, and ensuring there is power being fed to it.
Step 2. Light and check your pilot light.
If your pilot light doesn’t ignite automatically, it means you will need to carefully get this done. Make sure the pilot switch is in the “off” position. Once this is done, turn the switch to the “Pilot” setting and press the Reset button. Hold a long lighter to the opening of the pilot light to ignite the flow of gas.
Step 3. Check on the color of your pilot light.
Your furnace pilot light should never be anything but a steady flame of blue with a yellow tip. If you notice instead that your pilot light is flickering or discolored (the flame is yellow, orange, or red for example), then it means that there may be something wrong with the pilot light and should be fixed as soon as possible.
Maintenance and More
If you aren’t entirely comfortable or sure about turning on your furnace on your own, you will want to reach out to an HVAC company in Johnston, IA for help. Working with the team at Modern Heating And Air Conditioning ensures that you will get help with turning on your pilot light, along with maintenance services that will keep your furnace safe for use when you need it.
While it might seem a little early, there is no time like the present to schedule a maintenance check for your furnace–especially if you like the idea of having a technician come by when it works well for you because no one else is battling to get their system checked.