Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are some straightforward tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and reduce the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as: 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 notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, ensure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do 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 collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to overwork and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to vacant rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to overwork and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By following these simple pieces of advice and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should function smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron a call at 308-432-5301 or easily set up an appointment with us online.