Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head and right now you're counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some easy things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating correctly, the problem is very simple - drained batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating troubles.
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 messing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is always blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter – A nasty 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 possibly extend the life of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.
Along with these simple 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 arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 276-302-0076.