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 simplest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy 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 wrong information out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary 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 work 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 give a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles.
  3. 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 playing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is always blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" versus "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 nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can 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 easy tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't booked your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 817-864-1021.

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