Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair10/07/2015The fluctuating weather in Scottsboro can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to turning on your furnace for the season. Of course, total 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 automatically destined for furnace repair though. When your furnace stops working or you notice it acting oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 1) Check your thermostat This is one of the easiest checks that homeowners can do themselves, and might solve the problem more than they’d like to admit. Be sure your thermostat is: Set to “heat” Set higher than the room temperature Utilizing 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 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 change it yourself. Not to mention that a dirty furnace filter lowers your system’s efficiency and inhibits airflow. 3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches The majority of the time, switches to your furnace are found: Close to the furnace and usually look like your everyday light switch. At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 routine blunder among homeowners is to close vents in unoccupied rooms, but this could 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 tried these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.