The changing weather in Savage can mean a variety 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 cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for furnace repair though.
When your furnace fails to work or you notice it operating oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair. Here are four 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 could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Programmed higher than the room temperature
- Utilizing a newer 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 sound. 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 inhibits 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 everyday light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 re-set it back to the On position.
4) Open all of your vents
A typical error among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can 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 operating, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The team at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning in Savage are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 952-373-0377.