Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The shifting weather in Westerville can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, complete 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 automatically destined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Uptown Heating & Cooling for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and may solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up 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 noise. 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 change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter lowers 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. Pinpoint 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 flip it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A common error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents could potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off 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 shout. The experts at Uptown Heating & Cooling in Westerville are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 614-344-6949.