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 trust our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances 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 typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are fine, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change 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 complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to overwork and can even discharge a foul, 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 sealing vents to unused 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 escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By observing these simple pieces of advice and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at Farris Heating & Air in Bartlesville a call at 918-534-8194.