Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are some straightforward checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as simple as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to adjust this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been touching 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, even if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make 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 collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.

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

By observing these simple pieces of advice and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t booked your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Air Temperature Control in Macon a call at 478-202-3170.

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