Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has arrived and right now you're relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple simple 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 wrong information out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room then goes to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating problems. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of hot? 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 changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to swap 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 could 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment online or if give us a call at 812-332-9100.