Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple 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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any failures or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are a few simple tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when turned on. Replacing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these straightforward pieces of advice and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes a call at 201-891-1333.

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