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 see we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any breakdowns or trouble for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with regular furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are a couple of simple tests that you can do 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 exhausted batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not difficult to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to switch 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 propelling 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 failures are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the filth and particles that gather on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work too hard and can even give off a gross, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace running well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is crafty and it seems like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to overwork and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create an imbalance in the comfort of your home. By observing these straightforward 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 set up your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee a call at 918-682-8238 or easily schedule an appointment with us online.