Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a funny, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t booked your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our professionals at GV Heating & Air in Crystal and Twin Cities a call at 763-535-2000.