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 effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few basic things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to problems 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 run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running as it should be, the problem is very simple - drained batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating troubles.
Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? 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 playing around with 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" instead of "auto". The "on" switch always 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 gross filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the lifetime 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 set up an appointment by giving us a call at 408-215-1018.