Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are some simple tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, even if your furnace is heating. But keep 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 dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a funny, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to vacant rooms is crafty and it sounds like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these simple tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford a call at 662-281-1231.

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