The shifting weather in Hudsonville can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning 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 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 oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 themselves, and may solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Programmed higher than the room temperature
- Utilizing a newer 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 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 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
Most 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 determine 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 common error among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents could 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 in working order, 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.