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 smoothly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy things you can check on yourself that could 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 unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that can lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working as it should be, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning around 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 coldair instead of heated? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure 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 constantly blowing air, you could 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 change your filters more often. This then leads to...
- 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 could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifespan 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 610-257-7035.