Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

Winter has showed up and right now you're relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few basic things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running correctly, the problem is very easy - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues.
  3. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of hot? There might be a simple explanation for it. Check and make sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to change your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter – A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the life of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.

Along with these three tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 866-326-9537.

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