During the lifetime of your furnace, your equipment can succumb to faults. One problem you may encounter is restoring the system’s function when it fails. You can solve some issues by resetting your furnace. Here is what you need to know about the reset feature.
Why Reset Your Furnace?
The reset feature is a critical part of your HVAC system. The button’s purpose is to disrupt power quickly in an emergency. The reset button can activate when your system is overheating. Sometimes the issue is clogged filters blocking airflow.
You may also notice the reset button has tripped after an outage to restore the HVAC system’s function. In some cases, you may need to reconfigure your thermostat. If you have problems resetting your furnace in Salt Lake City, contact S.O.S Heating & Cooling for assistance.
Finding the Reset Button
In many furnaces, the reset button is usually on the outdoor unit. However, there are models with varying designs for the reset feature. Some heat pumps have red, yellow, and green lights to indicate when the equipment needs a reset.
Your manufacturer’s manual will have all the details for resetting your heating equipment. Most older heat pumps do not have the button unless they are Rheem or Rudd systems. However, most brands have included a reset feature in their recent models.
You will notice a tiny red button with wires protruding from the top in the outdoor unit. It is usually next to a tube connected to the system’s refrigerant coils. You can also identify the reset button with the sound it produces. You’ll hear the red button will click when activated.
Resetting Your Furnace
If your furnace has a reset button, you’ll find it in the blower compartment. It will pop out whenever there is an issue. If it trips, you can push the button for a few seconds to restore your system’s function.
Avoid pressing the reset button repeatedly. It can get stuck, in which case, you will have to call a professional. You also want to ensure the power is off at the circuit breaker. Be cautious of the electrical hazard when playing with wires in the system.
How to Reset Your Heat Pump
You can start by examining the green, red, and yellow indicators. If the red or yellow is on, your heat pump could be faulty. The green light indicates your heat pump is working.
To restart the system, switch off the thermostat then the power switch. The power switch is usually on the wall next to the heat pump. Turn off the power for your equipment at the circuit breaker, and wait for five minutes.
After five minutes, turn every switch back on in reverse order. Start with the circuit breaker, then the power switch, and finally your thermostat. If the system is not working, consider calling S.O.S Heating & Cooling technicians in Salt Lake City.
Reconfigure Your Thermostat
A power outage can affect the operation of both your equipment and the thermostat. Your thermostat could revert to default factory configurations. While the settings may work for conventional air-forced systems, they are incompatible with most heat pumps.
Additionally, changes in thermostat settings can impact the furnace heating efficiency. The device regulates temperatures by signaling the furnace when to start or stop heating. Configuration errors can force your heater to run continuously or switch on and off repeatedly.
Fortunately, many of the latest thermostats are as easy to configure as changing smartphone settings. If your device is not programmable, you may want to consider upgrading. You can consult [company-name] technicians to troubleshoot or reconfigure your device.
Why Does the Reset Button Keep Tripping?
If the reset button has tripped more than once, it is often an indication of chronic defects in your furnace. Besides overheating, there could be a blockage on the gas valves. Airflow blockages may also disrupt the operation of your furnace, triggering the reset function.
For gas valves, the flame sensor may be faulty. A maintenance team should clean the sensor and other components in your furnace. Make a point of washing or replacing your filter at least once a month. A tune-up will prevent your system from resetting and enhance its performance and safety.
You can trust S.O.S Heating & Cooling technicians for heating and cooling services in Salt Lake City. Our EPA and Energy Star Certified team is also fully insured and licensed. We provide Smart Wi-Fi thermostats, duct cleaning, IAQ, and water heater services, amongst other solutions. Call our 24/7 emergency repair team for upfront pricing and quality services.