Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

Winter has arrived 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 stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple 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.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation out there about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy bills. 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 then goes to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating correctly, the problem is very obvious - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will offer a warning around a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of warm? There may 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 constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "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 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 quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the life of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.

Along with these easy 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 set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 217-210-2662.

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