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Furnace Troubleshooting: What to Do Before Calling for Furnace Repair

You can’t count on the weather in Rapid City, but one thing the team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc 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 need all year. When your furnace is having complications you may think that means a furnace repair can be looming on the horizon. That may not be the case. If your furnace hasn’t been its usual, stable self as of late, there are a couple of things a homeowner can do before calling in the experts at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc.

Check the Thermostat

We have received calls where the only thing we did 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 some time since you’ve changed batteries it may be time for a swap. It’s another easy fix that could save you a repair call.

Check the Filter

A dirty air filter can create all sorts of problems. Not only will a dirty filter cripple your system’s efficiency and decrease air flow, it could also cause an unexpected breakdown. Changing the filter in your heating and cooling system is easy and it can play a big role in keeping your system running at its best.

Check the Switches

The first switch you’ll want to look at is the breaker for your furnace. Occasionally a problem can be as easy to fix as a tripped breaker or blown fuse.

Check the Vents

A typical misconception is that a homeowner should seal the vents in unused rooms. This could actually lead to a furnace repair down the road. Closed vents create higher pressure throughout 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 troubles the team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc are always there for you to make sure all of your home comfort needs are met. Give us a call at or set up an appointment with us online using our online scheduler.