The changing weather in Beckley and Mount Hope can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the colder 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 a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Appalachian Heating 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 simplest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Turned up higher than the room temperature
- Working with 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 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 lowers 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:
- Around the furnace and typically look like your regular light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your furnace and determine if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then flip 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 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 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 shout. The team at Appalachian Heating in Beckley and Mount Hope are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 304-707-0600.