The fluctuating weather in South Beloit and Belvidere can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the season. Of course, whole home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for furnace repair though.
When your furnace fails to work or you notice it operating oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.
1) Check your thermostat
This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Set higher than the room temperature
- Working with 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 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 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:
- Around the furnace and usually look like your everyday light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents could potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in South Beloit and Belvidere are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 877-389-2465.