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 trust our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some easy inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems 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 not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch this setting during the changing of the 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 moving air, even if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and generate unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these simple tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie a call at 814-308-0416.