Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are a few easy tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as straightforward as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But closing off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By observing these easy tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Dearing's Service & Solutions in Huntingburg a call at 812-200-5844.