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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The changing weather in Columbus can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the season. 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 operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the team at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling 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”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Working with 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 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

Most of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and typically look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 common blunder among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may 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 experts at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling in Columbus are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 614-451-0846.

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