Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any failures or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are a few simple inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as simple as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust 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 change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often forces your system to overwork and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie a call at 814-833-5558 or easily set up an appointment with us online.