Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are a few simple checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and decrease the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as simple as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, make sure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.

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

By following these straightforward tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. in the Rio Grande Valley a call at 956-381-1162.