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 ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to adjust this setting in between 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 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 failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By following these simple tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our professionals at Scott Temperature in Lawrence a call at 785-269-0465.