Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are a few simple checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work too hard and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Changing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace operating well.

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

By observing these easy tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our specialists at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi a call at 209-257-3156.

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