Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

The shifting weather in Keokuk can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the season. Of course, whole 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 behaving oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at WM J Kraus & Son 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 independently, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Using a new battery

2) Look at the furnace filter 

Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act out of the ordinary, 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 lowers 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:

  • Near the furnace and normally look like your stereotypical 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 re-set it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this may 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 done 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 call. The experts at WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 319-229-2318.