Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are a few simple checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, ensure 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” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when kicking on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to vacant rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause strain 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 easy tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester a call at 507-218-0088.

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