The fluctuating weather in New Castle can mean a variety 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 cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for furnace repair though.
When your furnace fails to work or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Central Heating & Plumbing for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring.
1) Check your thermostat
This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Turned up higher than the room temperature
- Working with a newer battery
2) Look at the furnace filter
Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act weirdly, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. Furnace filters have been the cause for a lot of 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
Most of the time, switches to your furnace are found:
- Close to the furnace and normally look like your everyday light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 routine mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied 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 done 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 pros at Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 724-401-1843.