Top 5 Heating System Tips for Your Home

Programmable thermostat.

Tip #4: What to do if your furnace stops working.

While you should leave furnace repairs to trained heating professionals, there are a couple things you may want to try first before paying for a service call.

  • Thermostat Settings: Start by checking the thermostat to make sure it’s turned on, set to heat, and at the right temperature. Also, make sure the programmable feature found on most new thermostats isn’t set to turn the furnace off. Many new thermostats are battery powered and will stop working when the batteries run down, so replace the batteries to see if that solves the problem.
  • Power Supply: Next, check the circuit breaker or fuse that supplies power to the furnace to see if it’s tripped or blown. If it is, turn the breaker back on or replace the fuse. Keep in mind that it probably tripped for a reason, so if it happens again have a HVAC pro check it out.
  • Reset Button: Your furnace may have a reset button. Start by turning the power to the furnace off, then look for a red or yellow reset button. You will probably find it under the cover on the furnace motor. Press the reset button, replace the cover, and turn the power back on to see if that fixes the problem. If the reset button trips again, call a HVAC pro to fix the problem.
  • Pilot Light: If your furnace has a pilot light, check to see if it’s gone out. If it has, relight the pilot following the instructions in the owner’s manual.

Your furnace needs to be inspected regularly to operate at maximum efficiency. The best time to have your furnace inspected is in the fall to make sure it’s in top shape for the cold winter ahead.

You can also have your furnace inspected at the end of the heating season when heating companies are not as busy and you may receive an off-season discount.


  1. its very cold out my cold water doesn’t come out of the sink in both bathrooms or into the toilets after I flush but the hot water is working fine in both bath rooms how to fix.

    I also had a new HVAC put in but because I am having a patio build so they took my old a/c and will install it when the patio gets build will this cause my cold water to not come out in my bathrooms the hot water is find its been two months now and they will have another two months before installing this a/c.

    thank you

  2. Heating is one of, if not THE highest consumer of energy. Keeping up on furnace maintenance and replacing filters when you should will definitely save you money in the long run. There’s no reason to make that already sizable bill even bigger.


  3. Thanks for the tips! I’ve always thought that raising the temperature on the thermostat would raise the temperature quicker, but I guess I was wrong. I will make sure to replace the filter in the furnace more often so that it stays in good shape. Hopefully by taking care of my furnace and using it properly, I will be able to lower my heating bill.

  4. I have a really old heating and air conditioning system in my home. I believe it was installed in the 90s and we are about to replace it as it hardly works right now. It is pretty noisy and the temperature is never consistent in the house so it is definitely time for a new one. When I do get a new one (in a couple weeks) what is the best way to maintain it to ensure that it lasts long as well?

  5. From my experience I would have to say that the majority of people don’t realize that the second tip is true, unfortunately. People seemingly tend to believe that the higher the thermostat is turned up, the hotter the air will be that comes out, which is clearly not true. One result of this belief is that people crank it up, and forget to turn it back down to the temperature that they were actually aiming for, resulting excessive heating bills.

  6. I’ve been trying to find some good ways to save money on my heating bill. I always thought that closing off rooms was supposed to lower the heating bill! I didn’t know it did basically nothing. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I learned so much from this! I have always been under the impression that shutting the vents in the rooms you aren’t using could save you money. It’s good to know that it really doesn’t make a difference. I also really like what you said about not putting your thermostat up crazy high, and just letting it warm up on it’s own.

  8. I had no idea that blocking off some vents can help other places stay cooler or get warmer. I can’t sleep if my room is too hot. So, it seems like it would be a good idea for me to try blocking off some vents. I could also see if I need to install a new HVAC.

    • Ivy, you shouldn’t block off vents. Closing or blocking heating vents can stress the heating system by increasing the air pressure in the ductwork and making the unit cycle on and off more frequently.


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