Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are some easy inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, despite if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to vacant rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Winters Heating and Cooling in Franklin a call at 317-406-5783.