Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

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The changing weather in Pacheco can mean a host 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 doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace fails to work or you notice it operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the team at Clean Air HVAC for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Make sure 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 erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a noise. Furnace filters have been the cause for quite a few 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 harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

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

  • Near the furnace and normally look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A common error among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve completed 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 shout. The experts at Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 925-233-6238 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.

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