From time to time, your heating unit may need the most common fix—a complete reset. Thankfully, resetting a furnace or heat pump is a simple task that could fix a number of issues with your heating system.

Resetting a Heat Pump

The first step to resetting a heat pump is to turn your thermostat to “off.” Next, locate the heat pump’s power switch, turn this off, and then turn off the breaker switch to the heat pump. Wait five minutes for the system to reset.

After five minutes, turn everything on in the reverse order that you turned it off: Turn on the breaker switch, then the heat pump’s power switch, and then the thermostat. This should fix your issue.

Electric Furnace

The first thing to do when working on any major household appliance is to turn off the power button. If the furnace doesn’t have the power button, switch the circuit breaker off.

Then, open the blower housing to find the restart button. Press the button until it clicks. After that, you can switch on the breaker to restore power to the furnace, and the furnace will automatically start once it gets a signal from the thermostat.

Gas Furnace

To start the process of resetting a gas furnace, turn the gas control settings off to turn off the pilot light. Once the pilot light goes off, adjust the thermostat to the lowermost setting. If the gas furnace uses an electric ignition, cut the power supply by turning off the circuit breaker.

Switch off the unit’s main gas supply line, but leave the pilot gas supply line on. Relight the pilot light with a lighter, matchstick, or piezoelectric spark ignition. At this point, you can switch the power and main gas supply on.

Next, press the restart switch for about 30 seconds and then release it. The gas furnace will reboot, and then you can change the thermostat settings back to your original settings.

Oil Furnace

There are two reasons why you may need to reset your oil furnace—an empty oil tank and a power outage. Because an empty oil tank involves dealing directly with fuel, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional for this one. They have the tools to address this situation. In case of a power outage, you only need to press the restart button to reboot the oil furnace. It’s as simple as that!

Rely On the Experts

If you’re not an HVAC specialist, working on a furnace or heat pump might be confusing and potentially dangerous. Call a licensed and experienced technician to do the job. If you live in or around Murfreesboro, TN, turn to the experts at PrimeTime Heat & Air. We offer a full suite of HVAC services, including heating and cooling repair, replacement, and maintenance. Contact us today to request service.

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