Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The changing weather in Wyandotte can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the cooler months. 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 behaving strangely, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the team at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair. Here are a few 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 could solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing 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

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

  • Close to the furnace and typically 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 common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused 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 completed these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 734-363-8907.