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Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are some simple inspections that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and lower the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you make this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when turned on. 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 crafty and it sounds like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to overwork and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and cause unevenness in the comfort of your home.

By observing these easy tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should function smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian a call at 804-379-1155 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.