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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The changing weather in Gresham can mean a host 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 predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace fails to work or you notice it acting strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Honke Heating & AC 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 simplest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and may 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 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 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 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

Most of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Near the furnace and normally look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 mistake among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this might actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done 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 experts at Honke Heating & AC in Gresham are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 503-663-8033.

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