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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

The shifting weather in Beaverton can mean a variety of things, from the changing color of leaves to flipping on your furnace for the colder months. 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 predestined for furnace repair though.

When your furnace fails to work or you notice it acting oddly, there are a few things you can check on before calling in the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. for furnace repair. Here are a couple troubleshooting tips to try before giving us a shout. 

1) Check your thermostat

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

  • Set to “heat”
  • Turned up higher than the room temperature
  • Working with a newer 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 peep. Furnace filters have been the cause for many 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 harms airflow.

3) Find and inspect your furnace’s switches

Nearly all of the time, switches to your furnace are found:

  • Close to the furnace and usually look like your regular light switch.
  • At your circuit breaker panel. Find the breaker that controls your furnace and figure out if it is in the middle position or the Off position. If it is, cycle the breaker to Off and then switch it back to the On position. 

4) Open all of your vents

A common error among homeowners is to close vents in unused rooms, but this may actually lead to a need for furnace repair. Closing these vents can potentially cause your system to be less efficient and shut down because of added airflow pressure.

If you’ve done these four troubleshooting tips and still aren’t having any luck getting your system back operating, it’s probably time to give us a call. The team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton are here to make sure all of your furnace repair needs are met, so give us a call at 503-848-3838 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.