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 easiest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that could keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working as it should be, the problem is very obvious - dead batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will offer a warning approximately a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of warm? 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" versus "auto". The "on" switch constantly 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 exchange your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A gross 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. Changing 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 719-332-3458.