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Before Calling for Furnace Repair, Check These Things

cold-man-inspects-thermostatYour furnace is acting funny, and it doesn’t seem like the problem is going to just go away on its own this time.

We know, we know… the last thing you want to do is call in for furnace repair in Brandon, MS. Furnaces can be dangerous, so we don’t condone DIY work of any kind on the system itself. At the same time, we don’t think you should have to call us up unless it’s for a good reason.

In this post, we’ll go over some simple things that might fix your furnace issues. Give these a try, but if they don’t yield any good results, don’t wait to call in a professional.

When Was the Last Time You Checked the Air Filter?

If it has been over a month since you replaced your air filter, it could be clogged with dirt. This can cause your furnace to overheat, as we all as contribute to overall inefficiency.

Simply remove the air filter, hold it up to the light, and see if any light shines through. If not, it’s definitely time to get the filter changed.

Check the Thermostat’s Programming

Your furnace issues could be as simple as a trick of the thermostat.

  • Ensure that its’ set to “auto” or on the “heat” setting. “Fan mode” will simply force the fan to run, and that won’t always blow heated air.
  • Is it stuck in a particular heating schedule? This is commonly experienced on weekday holidays, when homeowners are at home during a time that’s normally scheduled to conserve energy.

Aside from the programming, it’s worth checking if the batteries need to be replaced or if there’s dust on its internal components.

Furnace Switch Isn’t On

Yes, this is one of those things that’s so simple that people forget about it all the time. The furnace switch often looks just like a normal light switch, and it’s usually installed on the unit itself or on a wall nearby. It may have been switched off on accident. Please do take a look before calling in for repairs, as that can cost you a service fee.

Front Panel is Loose

Operating the furnace with the front panel loosened can pose a serious risk, possibly creating a carbon monoxide leak. That’s why this panel is typically equipped with a safety switch that prevents the furnace from running if it’s not secured in place. If your furnace is failing to start, this could be a potential cause.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

It could simply be the case that the circuit breaker has tripped. Fixing it is easy enough, as all you have to do is flip the switch, but do take note if the circuit trips again soon. This is an indication that something is wrong with either the furnace or the breaker box itself. Either way, when it comes to electricity, you always want to call in a professional rather than attempt anything on your own.

Tried everything on the list and still can’t fix the problem? Contact AirSouth Cooling and Heating today to schedule a service.

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