Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has reared its head and right now you're trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to maintain appointments for annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple easy things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that can lead to concerns in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room will leak to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working properly, the problem is very obvious - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning about a month before the battery runs out, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and be sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been messing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is constantly blowing air, you may have your fan set to "on" rather than "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to exchange your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A dirty filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that can possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help try to extend the lifetime of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these easy tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 410-355-6010.