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 counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy expenses. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to concerns 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 operate less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running properly, the problem is very simple - dead batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide 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 hot? There might 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 realize that your system is always blowing air, you may 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 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. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help potentially extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these easy tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't booked your annual furnace service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment online or if give us a call at 313-537-8111.