Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as straightforward as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard to overlook the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, ensure that your thermostat is turned 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 touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless 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 filth and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace working well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Miller Climate Control LLC in Georgetown a call at 512-937-2001.