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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

October 07, 2015

You can’t count on the weather in Magnolia, but one thing the team at JTech Mechanical wants you to be able to depend on is your heating and cooling system. Having a cozy home isn’t a seasonal thing, it’s something you require all year. When your furnace is having problems you may think that means a furnace repair can be expected in your future. That may not be the case. If your furnace hasn’t been its usual, reliable self recently, there are a few things a homeowner can do before calling in the experts at JTech Mechanical.

Check the Thermostat

We have been on a job where the only thing we did was 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.

Another thing to look over while you’re at the thermostat is the battery. Almost all digital thermostats give a low battery warning, but if it’s been some time 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 inhibit your system’s efficiency and stifle air flow, it could also cause an unexpected breakdown. Changing the filter in your heating and cooling system is simple and it can play a big role in keeping your system running at its best.

Check the Switches

The first switch you’ll want to investigate is the breaker for your furnace. Sometimes a problem can be as easy to fix as a tripped breaker or blown fuse.

Check the Vents

A typical misconception is that a homeowner should close the vents in unused rooms. This could actually lead to a furnace repair down the line. Closed vents generate higher pressure inside 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 JTech Mechanical are always there for you to make sure all of your home comfort needs are met. Give us a call at 281-231-8768.