Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these regular tune-ups, there are a few easy inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to switch this setting during the changing of the seasons, 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 moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you make this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By adhering to these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Goode Bros AC & Heating in Longview a call at 903-284-2612.