Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard 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 switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is crafty and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often pushes your system to overwork and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these simple tricks and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance a call at 308-646-3827.

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