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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are a couple of straightforward tests that you can do yourself on your furnace system and lower the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: 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 easy to miss the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are fine, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch 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 blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to unused rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But closing off vents often makes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By following these simple tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate effortlessly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte a call at 734-284-1224 or easily set up an appointment with us online.