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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The changing weather in Colorado Springs can mean a host of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the colder months. Of course, whole home comfort is your year-round goal, but sometimes our heating and cooling equipment doesn’t feel like doing that. That doesn’t mean that you’re predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace stops working or you notice it operating strangely, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the pros at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration 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 themselves, and might solve the concern more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Programmed higher than the room temperature
  • Using a newer 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 quite a few 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 diminishes your system’s efficiency and harms 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 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 switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A common error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents may potentially cause your system to be less efficient and stop working because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done 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 experts at Triton HVAC & Refrigeration in Colorado Springs are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 719-332-3458 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.