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Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple 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 ensure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these regular tune-ups, there are a couple of simple inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are fine, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving 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 usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is smart and it appears like it would save you money. But closing off vents often pushes your system to work too hard and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home.

By adhering to these easy tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our professionals at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland a call at 503-213-4433.