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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

You can’t depend on the weather in the Bay Area, but one thing the team at Contra Costa Heating & AC wants you to be able to count on is your heating and cooling system. Having a comfortable home isn’t a seasonal thing, it’s something you require all year. When your furnace is having trouble you may think that means a furnace repair can be needed soon. That may not be the case. If your furnace hasn’t been its usual, reliable self as of late, there are a few things a homeowner can do before calling in the experts at Contra Costa Heating & AC.

Check the Thermostat

We have been on a job where all we had to do 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 would like it to do.

Something else to check while you’re at the thermostat is the battery. Almost all digital thermostats are equipped with a low battery warning, but if it’s been a while 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 troubles. Not only will a dirty filter cripple your system’s efficiency and decrease air flow, it could also cause a sudden breakdown. Changing the filter in your heating and cooling system is simple and it can play a big role in keeping your system functioning at its best.

Check the Switches

The first switch you’ll want to investigate is the breaker for your furnace. It’s often the case that a problem can be as simple as a tripped breaker or blown fuse.

Check the Vents

A common misconception is that a homeowner should seal the vents in unused rooms. This could actually lead to a furnace repair down the line. Closed vents create higher pressure inside your duct system and cause your system to work harder than it needs to.

If you’ve tried our troubleshooting tips and you’re still having issues the team at Contra Costa Heating & AC are always there for you to make sure all of your home comfort needs are met. Give us a call at 510-343-9841.

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