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 counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few simple things you can check on yourself that could keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that may lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, 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 coldair instead of warm? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and be 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 see that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to exchange your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help try to 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 booked your annual furnace service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment online or if give us a call at 803-318-6995.