Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

Winter has showed up and right now you're counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple 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 empty rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating correctly, the problem is very easy - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of hot? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure 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 realize that your system is consistently blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch always 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 dirty 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 life 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 205-208-8090.

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