Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some easy checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as straightforward as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you make this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to work too hard and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By observing these easy tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Street Heating and Cooling in Rapid City a call at 605-206-3915.