First, be sure the thermostat has fresh batteries (if it operates on batteries).
Next, ensure that the thermostat is set to the proper mode; if it is cold outside the thermostat must be set to heat; if it is warm outside the thermostat should be set to cool. Always make the thermostat setting at least 5 degrees above (for heat) or below (for AC) the room temperature to verify operation.
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Every home and business has an electrical panel or sub panel that distributes power to various circuits. Ensure that all the heating/AC system breakers are in the “on” position and that all fuses are clear.
Many electronic controls will “lock-out” when there is a system failure. Turning the service switch located on the equipment off and on or pressing the indicated reset button will allow the controls to provide another attempt at start-up.
Water Levels (Steam Systems)
On steam systems it is important to maintain a minimum water level. Be sure to check and verify that the water level is above the minimum operating range.
Temperature and Pressure
Most boilers and pressurized vessels have gauges which reflect the system status. Low temperature and pressure readings typically indicate that a feed valve has been turned off.
Excessive temperature and pressure readings indicate a dangerous condition. Be sure to turn off the service switch and contact our service team.
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These switches are typically located outside of the mechanical (or basement) area; you can find these switches at the top of stairways and located on walls directly outside of equipment rooms. Usually, these switches are marked and may be red and/or have a red wall plate. Be sure the switch is set to the on position. You can also find these switches mounted directly on the equipment.
Here are some tips that can help you save on energy costs:
- Run your clothes dryer on “Low” heat, which is more efficient than the higher settings.
- Set your hot water tank to 120°F (but no lower). Many manufacturers set the default to 140°F which can cause scalds and uses more energy.
- Install programmable thermostats to automatically turn down the heat/AC when nobody is home.
- Clean or replace your system’s air filters regularly. Clogged filters make the system work harder, using more energy while providing less heat/cooling to your home.
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