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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Kearney can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping 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 fails to work or you notice it behaving weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Using a fresh 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 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 decreases your system’s efficiency and reduces airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and normally look like your stereotypical 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 blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may 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 up and running, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The pros at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 308-624-3485.

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