Frigidaire is a well known name in heating and refrigeration systems and consumers have come to rely on the quality and performance of their furnaces. Early detection of problems can go a long way to ensuring many years of efficient heating. However, as with all systems that have multiple parts, problems can sometimes occur. There are a few, basic troubleshooting tips you can run through before calling your gas repair technician.
Fuses and Breakers
Check your home electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breaker or broken fuses. Reset any breakers and replace fuses as necessary. Sometimes you may need to reset the breaker a few times before it locks into place. Do not force it because the switch could break off. Inspect the thin strip of wire within the fuse casing. If this has been damaged or burned, replace it with another of the same amperage.
Thermostat and Filters
Ensure the thermostat is set to the desired temperature. Inspect the furnace filter for any dirt and clean if necessary. Tap it against a hard surface to dislodge any dirt. If it is still blocked, gently rinse with soap and water. Ensure to thoroughly dry the filter before replacing it. Inspect the thermocouple to see if it is set correctly within the flame if the pilot light will not light. The thermocouple prevents a build up of gas should the pilot light goes out.
Blower and Airflow
Turn the fan switch on the thermostat to OFF or AUTO if the blower runs continuously. Check that there is nothing blocking the airflow if there is not enough heat coming from the furnace. Move any furniture that is pressed up close to the unit.
Check for any gas odor before lighting your furnace. Ensure to smell down at floor level as well. If you detect the smell of gas, turn off all flames and other appliances immediately. Do not use your home phone or cell phone. Call your local gas company from a neighbor's phone. If you do not get through to the gas company, call the fire department.
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