Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

Winter has showed up and right now you're counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some easy things you can check on yourself that might 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 sounds like this would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that could lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working properly, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating troubles.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? 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 messing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is consistently blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch always 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 quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help try to extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.

Along with these easy 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 schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 724-401-1843.