Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

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The changing weather in Dallas can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning 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 helping us out. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace fails to work or you notice it behaving weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be 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 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 harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

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

  • Near the furnace and typically look like your stereotypical 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 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 can 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 operating, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The pros at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas in Dallas are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 214-261-0034 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.

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