Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we see we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as simple as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are good, double check that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “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… Change your air filters - furnace troubles are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a funny, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and cause unevenness in the comfort of your home. By following these easy tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica a call at 586-731-0950 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.