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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any halts or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some simple checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances 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 typically give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to adjust this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been touching 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 keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a funny, 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 shutting vents to unused rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these straightforward 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 tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville a call at 224-412-8308.

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