Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

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 ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or problems for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are some simple tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to adjust this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is crafty and it sounds like it would save you money. But sealing 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 interior, uninsulated walls and cause unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate easily and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating in Pella a call at 641-628-3621.

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