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 recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard 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 a couple of straightforward inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate 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 starting up. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to vacant rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often forces 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 create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa a call at 432-237-0168.