Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The changing weather in Ballwin and St. Charles can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the cooler months. Of course, complete 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 behaving weirdly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at Air Alliance Team for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Be 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 erratically, making them shut down without notice and without making a noise. Furnace filters have been the cause for many 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

Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Close to the furnace and typically look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical blunder 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 completed 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 pros at Air Alliance Team in Ballwin and St. Charles are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 636-206-4250.