Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

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You can’t bank on the weather in the Main Line, but one thing the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to be able to trust in is your heating and cooling system. Having a comfortable home isn’t a seasonal thing, it’s something you need all year. When your furnace is having problems you may think that means a furnace repair can be looming on the horizon. That may not be the case. If your furnace hasn’t been its usual, reliable self as of late, there are some things a homeowner can do before calling in the experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning.

Check the Thermostat

We have been on a job where we simply had to switch a thermostat from “cool” to “heat”. While setting the thermostat for the season, a homeowner can easily forget to flip the switch, telling your heating and cooling system what you need it to do.

One thing to check while you’re at the thermostat is the battery. Most digital thermostats have a low battery warning, but if it’s been a while since you’ve changed batteries it may be time for a switch. It’s another painless fix that could save you a repair call.

Check the Filter

A dirty air filter can create all sorts of complications. Not only will a dirty filter cripple your system’s efficiency and stifle air flow, it could also cause a sudden breakdown. Changing the filter in your heating and cooling system is easy and it can play a huge role in keeping your system operating at its best.

Check the Switches

The first switch you’ll want to look at is the breaker for your furnace. Occasionally a problem can be as minor as a tripped breaker or blown fuse.

Check the Vents

A frequent misconception is that a homeowner should shut the vents in unused rooms. This could actually lead to a furnace repair down the line. Closed vents cause higher pressure within your duct system and cause your system to work harder than it needs to.

If you’ve gone through our troubleshooting tips and you’re still having problems the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning are always there for you to make sure all of your home comfort needs are met. Give us a call at 610-257-7035.

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