Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are some straightforward checks that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as straightforward as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to adjust this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “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 breakdowns are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to overwork and can even give off a funny, burnt smell when starting up. Changing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these straightforward tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines a call at 515-207-6569.

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