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 know we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a few straightforward checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances 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 usually give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s easy to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine 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 messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless 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 breakdowns are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off 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 unused rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to overwork 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 scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at Air Temperature Control in Macon a call at 478-202-3170.

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