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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Plover can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching 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 automatically destined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it behaving strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Point Heating & Cooling for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Working with a new 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 sound. 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 lowers your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

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

  • Close to the furnace and usually look like your regular 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 flip it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A routine mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this may 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 done 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 Point Heating & Cooling in Plover are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 715-345-1979 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.