Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head and right now you're relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some easy things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that can 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, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running properly, the problem is very simple - drained 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 may be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing chilledair 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 messing around with the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is always blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch always keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running 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...
- 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 may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 256-801-4701.