Heating & Furnace Installation & Repair - St. Louis Area
Missourians are no strangers to cold weather. Wikipedia reports that the coldest temperature ever recorded in Missouri was −40 °F, in the town of Warsaw on February 13, 1905. The coldest temperature ever recorded in St. Louis was -22 degrees in January 1884. While these are just fun facts, the serious side is, that if your heating system breaks down in the winter, you will need help fast.
If you want peace of mind that comes with a reputable St. Louis company, call us to schedule a free evaluation. At Partney Heating and Cooling we pride ourselves on our reputation of over 20 years heating and furnace repair service. Visit our testimonials page to see what our clients have to say about us.
Gas furnaces typically last 15 to 30 years, but some good maintenance practices will always prolong the life of any HVAC system. Maintenance of your heating system will also save you money on utility bills, especially in the winter months. If your furnace doesn’t seem to be working properly, below are some tips you can use to troubleshoot problems yourself. If you have any questions, be sure to use the contact form to ask us. We will be glad to help you with any heating or furnace repair questions.
HVAC Troubleshooting Tips
Check the Thermostat
Make sure that you have no heat sources, such as lamps, ovens, or space heaters near the thermostat.
An electromechanical thermostat may need dusting. You can do this with a small paintbrush or similar instrument.
Check the batteries in the thermostat and replace them regularly.
Front Panel Secure?
Some furnaces will not operate with the access panel open. Make sure it is secure. Refer to the owner’s manual on securing the panel.
Check the Pilot Light (If older furnace)
If your furnace has a pilot light, be sure to turn off the gas for about 15 minutes before relighting. If you still smell gas after 15 minutes, contact the gas company immediately and call us if you need help. Refer to your owner’s manual for relighting instructions, or call us and we will help you.
Electrical Panel & Furnace Switch
There should be a shutoff switch near the furnace. Make sure the switch is set to on, in case someone accidentally tripped it. After confirming the switch is on, you can check the electrical panel. Make sure that your hands and feet are completely dry when touching anything in the electrical panel. Confirm that none of the breakers assigned to HVAC are tripped.
Vents or Register Blocked?
Your furnace will not run properly and efficiently if any of the vents or registers are blocked or hindered. Make sure any rugs are curtains you have are not covering them partially or fully.
Check and Change Filters
Locate and turn off the furnace switch before doing any work on the furnace. Turn the furnace off at the electrical panel if you can’t locate a furnace switch.
Filter should be changed every 30 days, or when light will no longer passes through it. The arrows on the filter should point in the direction the air will be flowing.
You can get more tips on saving energy at Energy.gov