Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any failures or issues for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are some straightforward checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns 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 give off a funny, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create unevenness in the comfort of your home. By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line a call at 610-257-7035 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.