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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Lexington can mean a variety 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 headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the team at James Heating & A/C, Inc for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Ensure 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 erratically, 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 swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and normally look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A routine mistake among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this may 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 done 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 ring. The team at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.