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 know we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a few simple inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been altering 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, even if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Stieferman Heating Company Inc in Jefferson City a call at 573-203-3908.