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 see we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are a few simple checks that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as simple as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss 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 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 moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to empty rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often makes your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By observing these straightforward tricks 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 and Cooling in Rapid City a call at 605-206-3915.

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