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 reared its head and right now you're counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few simple things you can check on yourself that may 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 empty rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating as it should be, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues.
  3. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure 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 realize that your system is always blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" versus "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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. 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 can possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifespan of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.

Along with these three tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 478-202-3076.