Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

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 easiest ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple 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.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of hot? There could 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 consistently blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter – A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.

Along with these three 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 schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 318-671-5355.

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