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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Dayton can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, total 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 fails to work or you notice it acting strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the team at Jent Mechanical LLC for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Using a newer battery

2) Look at the furnace filter 

Dirty filters can cause furnaces to act out of the ordinary, making them shut down without notice and without making a sound. 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 swap it out yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter decreases your system’s efficiency and harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

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

  • Close to the furnace and normally 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 common mistake among homeowners is to close vents in unused 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 tried 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 shout. The experts at Jent Mechanical LLC in Dayton are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 937-526-2077.

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