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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Madera can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching 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 predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it acting oddly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the experts at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. 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 issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Using a new 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 peep. 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 decreases 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:

  • Close to the furnace and usually look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your furnace and find out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied 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 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.