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 shock you with any failures or issues for the rest of the winter, check that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these routine tune-ups, there are a few straightforward tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and decrease the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain 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 hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are fine, ensure that your thermostat is positioned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to switch 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” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan blowing air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But keep in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace failures are most often caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a gross, burnt smell when turned on. Swapping your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace operating 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 forces your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and cause unevenness in the comfort of your home. By observing these straightforward tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should run smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t set up your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our professionals at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria a call at 309-437-2703 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.