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 recognize that we are or not. To make sure 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. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are some easy tests 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 straightforward as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “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 breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a funny, burnt smell when kicking on. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is crafty and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should run effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our professionals at Lycoming Heating Company in Williamsport a call at 570-244-2510.