The changing weather in Franklin Lakes can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the cooler months. 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 fails to work or you notice it operating strangely, there are four things you can check on before calling in the team at Total Comfort for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call.
1) Check your thermostat
This is one of the most basic 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”
- Set higher than the room temperature
- Using a newer battery
2) Look at the furnace filter
Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act weirdly, 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 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:
- Near the furnace and usually look like your stereotypical light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 routine blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down 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 call. The pros at Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 201-268-5663.