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 catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these regular tune-ups, there are some straightforward inspections 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 trouble 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 difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is turned 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 adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “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…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace troubles are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a funny, burnt smell when turned on. Replacing 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 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 injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By observing these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby a call at 203-772-8319.