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 know we are or not. To guarantee that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a few easy checks that you can do yourself on your furnace system and lower the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as simple as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been messing with your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, even if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can force your furnace to overwork and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace working well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to vacant rooms is wise and it appears like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work too hard 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 adhering to these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our specialists at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield a call at 815-768-6656 or easily set up an appointment with us online.