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 breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. On top of these regular tune-ups, there are a few simple 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 simple as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to miss the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to adjust this setting during the changing of the 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, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account 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 dust 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 foul, 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 wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing 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 interior, uninsulated walls and generate a disparity in the comfort of your home. By following these easy pieces of advice and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should operate easily and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City a call at 800-COOLING or easily schedule an appointment with us online.