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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Carson City can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, total home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it acting oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Anderson Heating & A/C for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest 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
  • Using a new 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 peep. Furnace filters have been the cause for quite a few 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 inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Most 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 vacant 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 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 operating, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The pros at Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 775-882-8154 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.