Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has reared its head and right now you're trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few 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 vacant rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded 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, making an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very easy - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will offer a warning approximately a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating problems. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There may be a simple explanation for it. Check and be sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch always keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to change your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. 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 try to extend the lifetime 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 set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 815-788-6283.