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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The changing weather in Minocqua can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, complete 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 quits working or you notice it behaving oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at Danco Heating & Cooling 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 most basic checks that homeowners can do on their own, and could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Working with a fresh 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 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 change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter diminishes 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:

  • Near the furnace and usually look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Identify 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 flip it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical 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 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 operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The team at Danco Heating & Cooling in Minocqua are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 715-356-7000 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.