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 trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy 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 appears as though would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to problems 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 operate less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating correctly, the problem is very easy - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will offer a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coolair 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 playing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is always blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" instead of "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 swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter – A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help try to extend the life 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 booked your annual furnace service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 301-363-4699.

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