Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are a few straightforward checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to adjust this setting in between seasons, 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 propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and cause unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By observing these easy tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton a call at 503-374-1934.