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 depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some simple tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and reduce the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with 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, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often forces your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these simple tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our professionals at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa a call at 847-306-8990.