Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has reared its head and right now you're counting on your furnace more than ever. One of the best ways to keep your furnace running effortlessly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a few easy things you can check on yourself that could keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's some misinformation out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it makes sense that it would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unneeded strain on your system that may lead to concerns 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 run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't running correctly, the problem is very simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Usually, your thermostat will provide a warning approximately a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating troubles. Are your vents blowing chilledair instead of hot? 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 changing the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is constantly blowing air, you might 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. Swapping 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 973-884-0065.