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 relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some simple things you can check on yourself that may 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 expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks 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 simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, 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 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 messing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is constantly blowing air, you could 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 keeps the blower running when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to change your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. 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. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly 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 scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment by giving us a call at 702-866-9322.

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