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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Shelby Township can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the season. 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 automatically destined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Mr. Air Repair for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic 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”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a new battery

2) Look at the furnace filter 

Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act weirdly, 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 harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Close to the furnace and normally look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your furnace and find 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 vacant rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back up and running, it’s probably time to give us a call. The pros at Mr. Air Repair in Shelby Township are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 586-262-4258 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.