The changing weather in Zelienople can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the cooler 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 headed for furnace repair though.
When your furnace fails to work or you notice it behaving weirdly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Knoechel Heating Company 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 issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Programmed higher than the room temperature
- Using a fresh battery
2) Look at the furnace filter
Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act out of the ordinary, 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 change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter lowers your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.
3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches
Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:
- Close to the furnace and typically look like your regular light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 flip it back to the On position.
4) Open all of your vents
A common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may 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 ring. The pros at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 724-425-5852.