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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in East Hanover can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to switching 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 stops working or you notice it behaving oddly, there are four things you can check on before calling in the pros at Effective Service Group, LLC. for furnace repair. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the simplest checks that homeowners can do on their own, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Make sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set 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 quite a few 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 inhibits airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Around the furnace and normally look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Pinpoint the breaker that controls your furnace and find out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then re-set 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 may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and turn off because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The pros at Effective Service Group, LLC. in East Hanover are here to be sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 973-884-0065 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.