Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

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The fluctuating weather in Bishop 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 quits working or you notice it behaving strangely, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring. 

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a new 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 exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter diminishes your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and typically look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied 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 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 in working order, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The experts at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 760-784-9034.

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