Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are a few easy inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a funny, burnt smell when kicking on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By adhering to these simple tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester a call at 507-218-0088.