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

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as simple as drained 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 A-OK, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, even if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and create unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Precision Mechanical in Rapid City a call at 605-206-3766.