The fluctuating weather in Rockford can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching 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 predestined for furnace repair though.
When your furnace fails to work or you notice it operating weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the experts at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc 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 on their own, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Turned up higher than the room temperature
- Using 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 peep. 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 exchange it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter diminishes 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:
- Around the furnace and typically look like your everyday light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 re-set it back to the On position.
4) Open all of your vents
A typical mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this might 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 done 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 experts at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc in Rockford are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at (815)914-6197.