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 recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, make sure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to overwork and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping 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 unused rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often makes your system to overwork and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and cause a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate easily and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Bon Air Service Company in Grand Prairie a call at 972-332-1028.