Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch 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” rather than “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… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to empty rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But closing 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 internal, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By following these simple tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs a call at 816-630-2702 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.