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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Crystal Lake can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the colder months. 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 headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it acting weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the experts at Campbell's Tempracure 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 independently, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing 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 noise. 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 swap it out 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

The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and typically look like your stereotypical light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 re-set 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 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 in working order, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The pros at Campbell's Tempracure in Crystal Lake are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 815-788-6283 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.