Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are some easy tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change 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 do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping 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 vacant rooms is crafty and it sounds like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our professionals at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace in Monroe a call at 608-291-3606.