Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always depend on 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 breakdowns or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are a few simple inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as simple as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you do this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that gather on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting 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 generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By following these straightforward pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco a call at 925-233-6238.