Simple things you can do if your heater won’t start

First advice is – Don’t Panic. If one of these simple suggestions does not solve your problem, know that One Hour Technicians are primed and ready for dispatch to your home and return the warmth you so much enjoy.

#1) Check the power.
This is easy to do. Just go to your thermostat and switch the fan from “AUTO” to “RUN”. You should hear the fan run and some air should be coming from the ducts.

#2) If the fan does not turn on in Step 1.

  • Verify the wall switch at the top of the basement stairs is in the ON position (switch is up);
  • Check on the side of the furnace for a power switch, and verify it is in the ON position (switch is up);
  • Verify the circuit breaker in the fuse box has not “tripped”;
  • Verify the blower door is fastened securely;
    • For Oil Furnaces:
    • Check the gauge on top of the tank. Is it empty?
    • Press the red reset button for the burner just 1 time. If it starts but only runs less than a minute,
    • DO NOT press the reset button again.

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#3) If the fan does run, this is a positive indicator! You have the power to your furnace.

  • Turn your thermostat up to 80 degrees and see if the heater starts;
  • Try “Rebooting” your furnace by turning the power switch or circuit breaker on then off;
  • If there is a little pump sitting on the floor next to the furnace, dip a stick into one of the openings. The water should be at least 2 inches below the top. If not, your pump may require cleaning or replacement;
  • If your furnace is connected to PVC vent pipes that terminate above ground outdoors, go outside and verify these pipes have not been obstructed with insects, birds’ nests or snow.

That’s it for the easy stuff! Anything more than this, I recommend you having one of our certified technicians take a look. Our guys are fast and efficient and will provide you with a fair up-front price before beginning any work. We are here if you need us!

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~Chris
Chris Lenhard
President, Owner

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