Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple 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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some simple checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch 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” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By observing these simple tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at McFadden Heating & Cooling in Dresden a call at 1-866-781-0111 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.