Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always trust our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble 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 simple tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is positioned 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 altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, even if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace working well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By observing these easy tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our experts at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio a call at 419-592-4756 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.