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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The fluctuating weather in Manassas Park can mean a number of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the season. Of course, complete 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 fails to work or you notice it acting oddly, there are a couple things you can check on before calling in the pros at Woody's Sudden Service Inc for furnace repair. Here are four troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a call. 

1) Check your thermostat

This is one of the most basic checks that homeowners can do on their own, and might solve the issue more than they’d like to admit. Ensure your thermostat is: 

  • Set to “heat”
  • Set higher than the room temperature
  • Using a fresh 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 sound. Furnace filters have been the cause for a lot of 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 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:

  • Around the furnace and usually look like your everyday light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find 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 re-set it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A typical blunder among homeowners is to close vents in vacant rooms, but this might 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 in working order, it’s probably time to give us a ring. The team at Woody's Sudden Service Inc in Manassas Park are here to ensure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 703-369-5528 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.