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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The changing weather in Excelsior Springs can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning 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 fails to work or you notice it behaving oddly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the experts at Colvin's Inc for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Working with 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 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 stereotypical 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A routine blunder among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents could potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve completed 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 ring. The experts at Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 816-630-2702 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.