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 rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these regular tune-ups, there are some straightforward tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, despite 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 typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to overwork and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces 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 create 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 effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. 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 308-832-4321.