Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
Winter has reared its head 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 some basic things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.
- Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that may 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 run less efficiently.
- Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating problems.
Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of warm? There might 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 see that your system is consistently blowing air, you might 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 exchange your filters more often. This then leads to...
- Change Your Air Filter – A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. 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 try to 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 641-812-2028.