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 relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy 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 wrong information out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working correctly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of warm? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been messing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is always blowing air, you might 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 stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the life 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 530-206-0330.