Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or trouble for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are a few easy checks that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as simple as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall 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 alter your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, even if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect 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 most painless way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate unevenness in the comfort of your home. By observing these straightforward tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City a call at 605-342-5107 or easily set up an appointment with us online.