Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

Winter has arrived and right now you're trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few basic things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded 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, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running correctly, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of warm? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and be sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is always blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes 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...

  4. Change Your Air Filter – A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. 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 try to 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 booked your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 201-268-5663.