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 best ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that may 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 empty rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working as it should be, the problem is very obvious - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating problems. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of warm? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and make sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is consistently blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to swap your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially 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 schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 630-833-1100.