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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Olathe can mean a number 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 headed for furnace repair though.

When your furnace quits working or you notice it acting weirdly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 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 themselves, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Utilizing a newer 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 many furnace repair calls in the past, but there’s no reason to pick up the phone when you can change 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

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

  • Around the furnace and typically look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this may 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 up and running, it’s probably time to give us a call. The pros at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 913-432-3342 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.