Utah Weather Changes, Transitioning From AC to Furnace

Cool weather is coming and now is a good time to make sure your furnace is ready for winter. We’re heading into the time of the year in which temperatures can become a bit unpredictable—hot days followed by days with a hint of an arriving winter.

Winter isn’t a good time to find out that your furnace is not working. Take the time, now, to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you and your family warm when winter finally arrives.

Let’s Get Some Heat!

The simplest way to find out if the system is working is to switch the thermostat to heat. If the furnace turns on and you can feel the heat, you know that that it is operational. In some cases, you must go directly to the furnace and flip the on switch or toggle. Don’t hear anything, yet? Time to find the breaker.

The breaker to your furnace is on your home’s electrical panel. The electrical panel is usually in the utility room or basement. When you find it, turn the breaker switch to “on.”

Some furnaces do not have an electric start. In that case, you have to turn on the pilot light, manually. You’ll need a lighter with a long reach barrel to light the pilot. Turn your thermostat in your house down to the lowest temperature possible. Why? You don’t want gas to explode into a big flame when you turn that pilot light on. Also, make sure you know exactly where gas will be released in your furnace. If you are not sure, call an expert to guide you. You always want to be safe.

The pilot light switch has three positions: On, Off, and Pilot. Turn the switch to the Pilot position and press down. You will hear gas releasing. Immediately, use your lighter to light the pilot. Once lit, turn the pilot light switch back to the on position.

Now, set the temperature on the thermostat. Congratulations, you’re done!

Still Feeling the Furnace Jitters?

While new gas furnaces have many safety features, give yourself time to learn how to turn on your furnace. If you still feel uncomfortable doing this on your own, call the professionals at Bill’s Comfort Systems and receive prompt courteous service.