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 recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are a few straightforward tests that you can complete yourself on your furnace system and reduce the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are A-OK, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to adjust 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 change your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace troubles are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to unused rooms is wise and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and generate a disparity in the comfort of your home. By observing these simple tips and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t booked your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad a call at 575-887-7777 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.