Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has showed up and right now you're counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to stay up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some 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 a misunderstanding that exists about closing off vents in vacant rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't working correctly, the problem is very easy - dead batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing coolair instead of heated? There might be a simple explanation for it. Check and ensure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been playing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you notice that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch constantly keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running 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 nasty 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. Changing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help try to extend the lifespan of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these three tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 337-335-0992.