Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter01/27/2016Simple 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 catch you off guard you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. Along with these annual tune-ups, there are some simple tests that you can do yourself on your furnace system and decrease the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward 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 examine and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is positioned 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 altering your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, despite if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you complete this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work too hard and can even discharge a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to empty rooms is smart and it appears like it would save you money. But closing off vents often forces your system to work too hard and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home. By adhering to these simple tips and keeping up with your planned 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera a call at 559-675-1681 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.