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 ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. On top of these annual tune-ups, there are a few easy inspections that you can do 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 plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that collect on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well.

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

By observing these easy tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our experts at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry a call at 815-410-1128.

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