Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head and right now you're trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that could keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation 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 unneeded strain on your system that could 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, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing coldair instead of heated? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and be sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat.
Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is always 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 exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...
- 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 could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the lifespan 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 scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment by giving us a call at 937-558-9478.