Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are some easy inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look 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 altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you do this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a funny, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is smart and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create unevenness in the comfort of your home.
By adhering to these simple tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Lakeside Heating & Air in Chelan and Wenatchee a call at 509-284-4265.