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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Pocatello can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching on your furnace for the cooler 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 predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it acting strangely, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the team at Vogts Heating & Air 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 easiest checks that homeowners can do independently, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Working with a new battery

2) Look at the furnace filter 

Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act erratically, 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 diminishes 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 normally look like your everyday 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 flip it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A routine blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this may 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 completed these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a shout. The team at Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 208-621-0129.

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