Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any halts or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are some simple checks that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to vacant rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to work harder and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and cause a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline a call at 309-323-9584.