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 recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. Along with these routine tune-ups, there are a couple of easy checks that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the chances of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace trouble could be as plain as exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall 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 change your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, despite if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you do this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can push your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a funny, burnt smell when kicking on. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But shutting off vents often makes your system to overwork and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause unevenness in the comfort of your home. By observing these simple pieces of advice and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk a call at 319-524-3714 or easily set up an appointment with us online.