Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

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The shifting weather in Mount Pleasant can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning 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 oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Olde Towne Heating & Air 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 simplest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Using a newer 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 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 swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter lowers your system’s efficiency and inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Most of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and normally look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your furnace and determine 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 error among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this could 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 ring. The pros at Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 843-485-0967.

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