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 recognize that we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these regular tune-ups, there are some easy tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and reduce 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 generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account 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 dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can cause your furnace to overwork and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia a call at 803-265-4208.

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