the weather becomes chillier, it is essential to know how to work your furnace.
With the fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable cold days, you will feel
comfortable knowing you have the background and expertise to warm your house
when necessary. Follow these steps on how to turn on your gas furnace.
1.) First, find the breaker that connects to your furnace. Typically, it is found on
the electrical panel for the house. You’ll likely know where this is- it could
be in the attic, basement, utility room, or other room. You will want to change
the breaker switch that connects to your furnace to the “on” position.
Next, find the furnace switch. This may be tricky to find, so consult your
furnace owner’s manual, since all models are different. Typically though,
furnace switches are in your basement, near the ceiling, or on the furnace
itself. Once you find this switch, turn it on as well.
If your furnace does not have an electrical start, turn the furnace pilot light
on. To do this, first, clear any excess gas by turning the pilot light to the
off position. Next, turn it to “pilot” in order to prepare the light. If you see
a red pilot button, hold it down. If a red pilot light is not present, push the
valve control slightly in to release the gas, then use a long lighter to start
it. Once it has been lit, move the valve to the “on” position.
Finally, set the temperature and thermostat in your house. Make sure it is set
to “heat”, and that you have it set to your desired temperature.
Determine around which date you might want to turn your furnace off, and set
this date on your calendar. This way, you will not have to use heat longer than
Give yourself enough time to learn how to turn on your furnace for the first time. Be
patient, and remember that it will always be easier the next time. If you have
any problems with turning a furnace on, call a professional, and they will
either be able to guide you through the process or help you at your