Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has arrived and right now you're trusting your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy bills. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that may lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to work less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very obvious - drained batteries in your thermostat. Typically, your thermostat will provide a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and make sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is constantly blowing air, you could have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only utilizes the blower 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 quits running. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the lifetime 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 arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily set up an appointment online or if give us a call at 513-275-3601.