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 easiest ways to keep your furnace running smoothly 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 a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running correctly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of heated? There may 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 see that your system is always blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running 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 stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that may possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Changing 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 302-658-2000.