Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are a couple of simple checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and reduce the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as:

  1. Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is turned 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 altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to…

  2. Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are most often 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 give off a gross, burnt smell when kicking on. Replacing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working well.

  3. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often forces your system to work harder and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home.

By following these straightforward tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning in Winnipeg a call at 204-272-8128.

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