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 catch you off guard you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward checks that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to adjust this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a funny, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well.

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

By adhering to these easy tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at Tri County Climate Control LLC in Bend a call at 541-238-2797.