The changing weather in Ellsworth can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the season. Of course, total 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 fails to work or you notice it behaving strangely, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC 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 easiest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and may solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Turned up 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 many 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 decreases 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:
- Close to the furnace and usually 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 common blunder among homeowners is to close vents in unused 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 turn off 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 team at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC in Ellsworth are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 715-318-6728.