The days are getting shorter and the nights colder. The last thing anyone needs is a warm home when they get back from work, so make sure your heater isn’t going to let you down on these chilly winter evenings! It can be easy enough to avoid this problem by regularly maintaining your system in the fall before it gets too cold out there. Just because our home heating systems have left us feeling chilled, doesn't necessarily mean we need an expensive visit from a repairman. With some of these simple checks, we really could save ourselves some aggravation and get that furnace or heater running again sooner than expected.

1. Check if your furnace is on or not?

If you have a furnace with an on/off switch, it can be frustratingly easy to turn off the power by mistake. If your attic contains holiday decorations near where your furnace is located, there's a possibility of turning off the heat in cold weather because of this simple error. It would also help if any other technicians, such as cable installers or electricians, were around and may have accidentally shut down heating sources while doing their work in different areas of your home - so don't forget about checking with them.

2. Check the fuse box that turns on your heater

If your heater isn't working, there are a few quick checks you can do before calling for help. Firstly, make sure the power button is turned on, and if that doesn't work, check to see if any of your electrical breakers have tripped because of an extension cord. Occasionally resetting these will get things going again! However, be careful when checking breaker switches, as this may trigger safety features in heating systems - only licensed professionals should handle such issues.

It's a cold winter's day, and you decide to turn on your forced air furnace. It turns on for a second before turning off again, which is normal! A licensed heater technician can tell you if it's an issue with the power supply or safety feature related to heating up -or- if it needs more, then they could fix it themselves without risking their safety too much.

But first things first: don't be afraid of these furnaces because they include good safety measures! Most have various built-in features explicitly designed to keep us safe from harm; some common ones include auto-shutoff sensors that detect high levels of carbon monoxide inside the home when using gas heaters.

3. Upper limit switch or furnace safety switch

Your furnace will automatically shut down if it detects higher temperatures in order to avoid fires. And, if the airflow is not working because of a malfunctioning blower motor or control board, this could be an even more significant fire hazard. A licensed heater technician should fix your system once you've activated this safety feature and reset it afterwards as well.

4. Flame sensor or thermocouple

You'll never have to worry about your furnace malfunctioning with this safety measure. If the pilot light is weak or nonexistent, you can rest easy knowing that you will shut it off before any accidents happen. Thermocouple versions of these features are found in older equipment, while flame sensors are now a staple feature on modern furnaces.

5. Vent Safety switch

The exhaust switch is an important safety measure that ensures the furnace cannot start up if flue gasses are present. If you suspect your vent pipe has been blocked and the pressure builds, this safeguard will activate to save your home from a potentially dangerous situation.

The vent safety switch is an excellent way to ensure that your heater and the house are safe from gas leaks. The most common reasons for this device may be bird's or wasp’s nests blocking a vent, but it could also come from the build-up of chalky substances caused by odorants in the natural gas we burn. This isn't something you want; because if left unchecked, these substances can lead us to think our heat exchanger has failed when they just need cleaning.

6. Smell any odor

If you smell anything, it might be time to call a professional. If your heater isn't working and you start smelling something that smells like burnt or smoky gas, this is a cause for concern. You should get the help of an expert quickly if there are any signs of carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide detectors work best in homes with gas-fired furnaces, since combustion produces carbon monoxide, which is odorless and poisonous when inhaled at high levels over extended periods. The more information on what type of fuel sources we use, such as natural gas vs propane or oil boilers, the better we can equip the experts whom we call for help.


At Quick Air, we make sure you never have to worry about your heating system again, with our expert technicians. We can inspect and maintain the furnace or heat pump to eliminate any surprises that arise from faults at a time when they're most inconvenient for you. Whether it is clogged vents, faulty pilot lights, or another issue altogether - we know how to get things up and running as soon as possible. Find out more by reading what customers say about us below. Just give us a call at 1300 730 896.