Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple 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 best ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few easy 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 some misinformation out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that can lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working properly, the problem is very simple - drained batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of heated? There might be a simple explanation for it. Check and make 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 realize that your system is consistently blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to change your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these easy 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 arrange an appointment online or if give us a call at 478-784-1109.