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 trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy things you can check on yourself that could 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 appears as though would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that may lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very easy - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing coolair 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 notice that your system is always blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes 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 nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help try to 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 717-755-4127.