The changing weather in Houston can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping 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 cooperating. That doesn’t mean that you’re automatically destined for furnace repair though.
When your furnace quits working or you notice it acting strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Marcos AC & Heating for furnace repair. Here are a couple 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 could solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is:
- Set to “heat”
- Turned up higher than the room temperature
- Working with 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 peep. Furnace filters have been the cause for a lot of 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 reduces airflow.
3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches
The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found:
- Near the furnace and normally look like your stereotypical light switch.
- At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 vacant rooms, but this could 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 in working order, it’s probably time to give us a call. The team at Marcos AC & Heating in Houston are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 713-469-3357.