Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter Winter has showed up and right now you're relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running smoothly is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also a couple basic things you can check on yourself that might keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in empty rooms. In theory, it appears as though would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an unnecessary strain on your system that can lead to issues in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, making an imbalance and causing your system to run less efficiently. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating correctly, the problem is very obvious - drained batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will give a warning around a month before the battery stops working, but if you missed it, that might be the cause of your heating issues. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of hot? There could be a simple explanation for it. Check and make sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been playing around with the thermostat. Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you realize that your system is constantly blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only keeps the blower running when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to exchange your filters more often. This then leads to... Change Your Air Filter – A gross filter is the most common reason a heating system stops working. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Swapping your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the life of your heating system and avoid furnace repair. Along with these three tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't arranged your annual furnace service yet, you can easily schedule an appointment online or if give us a call at 703-369-5528.