Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any halts or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances 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 usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to adjust this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace working well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and create unevenness in the comfort of your home. By adhering to these easy tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport a call at 570-326-4450 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.