Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The shifting weather in Huntsville can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the season. Of course, whole home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it operating oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the team at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc 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 simplest 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 fresh 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 change it 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

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

  • Around 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical blunder 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 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 ring. The experts at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 256-801-4701.