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 make sure that your furnace doesn’t shock you with any halts or problems for the rest of the winter, see that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. On top of these routine tune-ups, there are some easy inspections that you can do yourself on your furnace system and reduce the probability of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace issues could be as straightforward as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will typically give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s not hard to ignore the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are good, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not remember to adjust this setting during the changing of the seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to alter your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dirt and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even discharge a foul, burnt smell when starting up. Swapping your furnace filters are the most painless way keep your furnace working 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 overwork and can cause strain on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will escape into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate unevenness in the comfort of your home. By following these simple tricks and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should operate smoothly and efficiently all through the cold weather. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace maintenance yet for this year, give our experts at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton a call at 254-939-1141 or easily set up an appointment with us online.