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 breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. 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 caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember 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 adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to overwork and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to overwork 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 straightforward pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs a call at 816-379-3918.