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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Saint Marys can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the cooler months. Of course, total 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 automatically destined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it operating oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the team at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair. Here are a couple 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 could solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a newer 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 noise. Furnace filters have been the cause for many 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 decreases 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 typically look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 re-set 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 could 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 pros at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 912-208-2470.

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