Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are some straightforward checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as straightforward as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember 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 adjust your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, despite if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather 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. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often forces your system to work too hard and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Rescue Heating & Air in Alice a call at 361-265-4371.

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