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 depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these regular tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward checks that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear 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 gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these simple tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman a call at 832-777-1521.