Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The shifting weather in Alice can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, total home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it acting strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Rescue Heating & Air for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do independently, and may solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a fresh battery

2) Look at the furnace filter 

Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act out of the ordinary, making them shut down without notice and without making a peep. Furnace filters have been the cause for a lot of furnace repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Near the furnace and typically look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify the breaker that controls your furnace and figure out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then re-set it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back in working order, it’s probably time to give us a call. The pros at Rescue Heating & Air in Alice are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 361-265-4371.