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 see we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, despite if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a funny, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By observing these simple tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa a call at 205-208-8090.