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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 depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are some simple tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to switch this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been touching 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, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when kicking on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing 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 an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these simple tricks and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should run effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at JTech Mechanical in Magnolia a call at 281-231-8768.