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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Greencastle can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping 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 doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it behaving weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Premier HVAC Services LLC 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 easiest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and may 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
  • Using a new 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 peep. 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 change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter diminishes 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:

  • Near the furnace and usually look like your everyday 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 re-set 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 can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done 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 call. The pros at Premier HVAC Services LLC in Greencastle are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 717-597-9900 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.