Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter We always depend on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any failures or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are a couple of easy inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as straightforward as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, ensure that your thermostat is positioned 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” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing 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 failures are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a funny, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the simplest 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 sounds like it would save you money. But sealing 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 interior, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home. By following these straightforward tips and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our professionals at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax a call at 509-397-3622 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.