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 recognize that we are or not. To make sure that your furnace doesn’t surprise you with any breakdowns or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with routine furnace maintenance. Along with these regular tune-ups, there are some straightforward inspections that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as: Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as plain as drained batteries in your thermostat. While your system will generally give you a month’s caution before the battery dies, it’s easy to overlook the beep or light signal. If you look and your batteries are A-OK, double check that your thermostat is set to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to change this setting during the temperature changes, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to adjust your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” This will keep your fan moving air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But take into account if you make this switch, you must also remember to… Change your air filters - furnace breakdowns are typically caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that collect on your filter. This can force your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even give off a foul, burnt smell when kicking on. Changing your furnace filters are the easiest way keep your furnace working well. Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that closing vents to empty rooms is smart and it sounds like it would save you money. But closing off vents often pushes your system to work harder and can cause distress on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will leak into other unheated rooms through internal, uninsulated walls and create unevenness in the comfort of your home. By adhering to these easy tips and keeping up with your reserved furnace service, your furnace should function effortlessly and efficiently all winter long. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley a call at 956-630-3522 or easily arrange an appointment with us online.