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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Heflin can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, complete 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 stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and might solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Ensure 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 erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. 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 harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Most 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 unused rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents could potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 256-270-1196.