Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are some straightforward tests that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: 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 easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to empty rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to overwork and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By following these simple tips and keeping up with your scheduled 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 specialists at KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa a call at 205-758-2703 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.