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 recognize that we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any halts 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 few 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 plain as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s warning before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you examine and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to forget to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you do this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace troubles are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can push your furnace to overwork and can even emit a funny, burnt smell when starting up. Replacing your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace operating well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that sealing vents to empty rooms is crafty 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 seep into other unheated rooms through indoor, uninsulated walls and create a disparity in the comfort of your home. By observing these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your scheduled furnace service, your furnace should run easily and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t booked your furnace service yet for this year, give our specialists at Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids a call at 319-363-0283 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.