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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Longview can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping 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 automatically destined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it acting oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do on their own, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Using a fresh 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 many 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 inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and usually look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 typical blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant 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 stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried 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 team at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.