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How to Spot Trouble with My Furnace or Boiler

A Homeowner’s Guide to Troubleshooting Your Home Heating System

heating system repair vermont There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and thinking, “Gee, it’s cold in here!” before you realize your heat is off.

Or maybe your system just doesn’t seem to be keeping your rooms as warm as usual. No matter the situation, when your furnace or boiler is on the fritz, we’ve got your back! We’re always here to lend a helping hand and our in-house team of service technicians can get you back up and running fast.

Signs of Heating System Trouble

However, sometimes there’s an easy fix that you can handle yourself that can help you avoid the expense of a service call—and free up our techs to help others. Try these troubleshooting steps before you call us:

1. Check Your Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature at least 5° above room temperature and set to “heat.” Is it the batteries? Try installing fresh ones just to be sure.
2. Check the System Switch

Did the switch for your heating system accidentally get turned off? This happens more often than you’d think. Don’t overthink it, just turn it back on.

3. Check Your Fuel Supply

If you haven’t checked your tank gauge in a while, there’s a good chance you’ve run out of fuel—especially if it’s been very cold recently, or if you’ve been spending more time at home during the day. If you’re out, know that we’re on call 24/7 for emergency deliveries.

4. Check Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers can easily trip. Check the breaker that your heating system is on and turn it on if it’s off.

5. Check the Air Filter

When the air filter on your furnace gets clogged, the system will shut down as a part of its safety protocol. Replace it and set a reminder on your calendar to check it once a month.

6. Check the Boiler

If you have a steam boiler, check the water level gauge. It should be at least half-full. Call us if it isn’t. Have a hot water boiler? You can skip this step.

7. Reset the System

If none of the previous steps work, push and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds. Only do this ONCE. Doing it more than once floods the combustion chamber with too much heating oil. That’s an expensive repair job on top of any other repairs you may need.

If none of these steps resolves the problem, call us and we’ll dispatch a technician to get you up and running as soon as possible.

Our Service Plans Can Prevent Heating System Troubles

Some heating system problems are easy to prevent. An annual tune-up is the best way to make sure your boiler or furnace is running at peak efficiency. It not only helps keep heating costs down, but regular maintenance also prevents many of the problems that lead to breakdowns. Our affordable service plans include annual maintenance and can also help you save money on repairs if you do require a service call!

Whether you need an oil-fired equipment or propane system repair, the experts at Junction Fuels are here for you, and we’re always happy to help. We’re your neighbors, and we care about our reputation in the community. That’s why we go out of our way to exceed your expectations. Contact us to become a customer today.