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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Moline can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the season. Of course, complete 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 behaving strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning 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 easiest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a new 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 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:

  • Near the furnace and usually look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused 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 turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve completed 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 309-762-3641 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.