Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

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. Along with these regular tune-ups, there are some straightforward inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce 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 usually give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard 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 during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless 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 most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often forces 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 create unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By observing these easy tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton a call at 503-848-3838.

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