Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has arrived and right now you're relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some simple things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there 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 unneeded strain on your system that could lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working as it should be, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of warm? There may 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 realize that your system is constantly blowing air, you could 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 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 exchange your filters more often. This then leads to... 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 could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these simple 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 schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 540-483-5605.