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 depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of easy inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working 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 seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these straightforward tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at Home Comfort Heating & Air in Elk River a call at 763-276-0617.