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 know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any halts or issues 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 some easy inspections that you can complete 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 worn-out 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 look and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, even 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 failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is smart and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often makes your system to overwork and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and create a disparity 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 run smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our professionals at Kelley Mechanical in Lexington a call at 859-209-3003.

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