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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Hudsonville can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the cooler months. Of course, total home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it acting weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services for furnace repair. Here are four 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 themselves, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a fresh 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 noise. Furnace filters have been the cause for quite a few 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 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:

  • Close to the furnace and usually look like your regular 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 error among homeowners is to close vents in vacant 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 stop working 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 experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 616-669-3961 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.