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5 Ways to Minimize Furnace Repairs

Updated on February 9, 2016

Dealing with furnace repair is never convenient or pleasurable. After all, it inevitably seems to be needed on the coldest day or night of the year, or either just before (or during) the week when you have the most company! Then, you add in the inconvenience of cost and people in and out of your home and the stress just gets worse.

But, what if you could minimize the need for furnace repairs? Rather than dreading those cold days or fearing an exorbitant energy bill or heater repair bill, there are a number of actions you can take to lower your risk of a frantic call to your local furnace repair provider. And better yet, these actions don’t have to mean a great deal of money or time invested. So, let’s get started.

  • Don’t run it too much! This might seem like an odd suggestion, but the reality is that many homeowners turn the heat up much higher than necessary thus causing it to work unnecessarily hard. Turn the temperature down to a reasonable amount, and only increase it on occasion. You may also want to install a programmable thermostat so that you can minimize usage.
  • Keep the humidity under control. Believe it or not, humidity plays an important part in minimizing stress on your furnace. Be sure that the humidity levels stay in the 30 to 60% range. Dry air will require your heater to work harder and increase the chances of needing heater repairs.
  • Replace the air filter. A furnaces air filter is one of the most important elements of the system. Designed to trap any debris that could damage the furnace components, as well as keep the air you breathe cleaner, your furnace’s filter is one of the hardest working parts of your furnace. Be sure to change your furnace’s filter as often recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Schedule preventative maintenance. Consider setting up an annual HVAC preventative maintenance check with your local heating and air company. They can ensure that your heater is in prime working condition and help minimize furnace repairs by correcting small problems before they become large ones.
  • Don’t put it off. When you begin to suspect a problem with your HVAC system have someone come check it out sooner rather than later so that a minor furnace repair doesn’t become a major one.

Furnace repairs can be costly and time consuming. Minimize your risk of an emergency call to the pros by taking action now. Of course, should you feel that these steps are “not your thing” or prefer to work with a professional, then give your local HVAC person a call or talk to the pros at Prescription Heating and Cooling.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of furnace repairs. One such site worth visiting is http://www.prescriptionhc.com/

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for WebDrafter.com, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.

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