Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple 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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some easy tests that you can do yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, double check 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 altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing 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 internal, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled 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 experts at Service Plus Mechanical in Aurora a call at 630-809-6319 or easily set up an appointment with us online.