Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
Winter has showed up and right now you're trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some simple things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information 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 may lead to problems 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 run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working properly, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues.
Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? There might 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 see that your system is consistently blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch constantly 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...
- Change Your Air Filter – A nasty 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. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 937-845-1111.