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 counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that might 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 empty rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that may lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, creating an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will provide a warning about a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that may be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of heated? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been playing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is always blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes 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 dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these simple tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 503-848-3838.