Avoid Furnace Breakdowns and Emergency Furnace Repair This Holiday Season

The holidays are coming and the guests will soon be on their way. Knowing how to keep your furnace in good working condition can help you avoid holiday heater emergencies and last minute furnace repairs. These tips will help you ease the burden on your furnace and hopefully extend its service life.

Improve Furnace Efficiency

One of the best ways that you can avoid a break down of your furnace this winter is by improving its efficiency and making it work less hard. Here are a few ways this can be accomplished.

  1. Insulate your air ducts and seal leaks. Have an HVAC professional come to your home and test your air ducts for leaks. Often air ducts are located in the attic. If the ducts are leaking, this means that warm air inside the ducts may heat your attic instead of the rest of your home. Sealing and insulating these ducts helps keep the air inside the ducts at the desired temperature. If the HVAC professional finds problems with your ducts, have him or her make the necessary changes and repairs. This makes it easier for your furnace to heat your home, thus reducing the burden on the appliance.
  2. Change the air filter. Every HVAC system has an air filter that's designed to keep dust and other particles out of the furnace and air conditioner. Clogs in the filter can make your furnace work harder than necessary to heat your home. To change the filter, turn off the thermostat and take out the filter from its slot near the return air duct. Take the old air filter to a hardware store or home improvement center, and use it to find a replacement filter. Back at home, put the new air filter into the slot and turn the thermostat back on.

Program Your Thermostat

Modern thermostats are programmable. By setting your thermostat to keep your home cool when you're in bed or away will give your furnace down time, which can help extend the life of the unit. Have the thermostat turn the temperature back up when you're at home and want to feel more comfortable.

Get a Tune Up

Have an HVAC professional, such as Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc, give your furnace a tune up. An HVAC repair person will check the pilot light, the thermostat, the wires and connections and mechanical parts of the unit. If the appliance needs furnace repair, the HVAC professional can tell you before the situation becomes urgent and dire. This can help your holiday season go more smoothly, and help keep your home warm this winter.