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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

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

When your furnace quits working or you notice it behaving strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Quality Refrigeration for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and could 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 new 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 sound. 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 inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

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

  • Around the furnace and usually look like your stereotypical 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 common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this could 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 tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The pros at Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.