Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any halts or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are a couple of easy checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to overwork and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By observing these simple pieces of advice and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run effortlessly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa a call at 432-333-2208.

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