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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Odessa can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the cooler months. Of course, whole 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 headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it operating oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the team at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning 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 simplest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and could solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Working with a new 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 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 lowers 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:

  • Around the furnace and typically look like your everyday 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 routine blunder among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this could actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can 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 operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 432-333-2208 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.