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 surprise you with any breakdowns or issues 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 a few easy 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 issues could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is set 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 messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, even 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 most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace operating well.

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

By adhering to these easy tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate 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 662-350-0343.

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