Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple 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 ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing 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 troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City a call at 800-COOLING.

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