The fluctuating weather in McMurray can mean a host 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 cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re headed for furnace repair though.
When your furnace quits working or you notice it operating weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a ring.
1) Check your thermostat
This is one of the most basic 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
- Using 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 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 swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter lowers your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.
3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches
Most of the time, switches to your furnace are found:
- Around the furnace and normally look like your regular light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your furnace and find 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 typical error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may 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 up and running, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The experts at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in McMurray are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 724-370-0141.