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 trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic 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 appears as though would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that can lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, creating 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 obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will offer a warning around a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating issues. 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 playing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" versus "auto". The "on" switch always keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to change your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. 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 possibly extend the life 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 set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 801-969-7088.