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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Abilene can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the season. 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 predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it operating strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Abilene Air-Tech Inc for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up 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 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 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 typically look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your furnace and determine 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 common blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents could 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 up and running, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The pros at Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 325-692-5850 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.