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The Best Ways to Avoid Furnace Repairs This Winter


Vermont is currently enjoying crisp, cool fall weather. These temperatures are why fall is many people’s favorite time of the year. But it won’t be long before the weather of winter arrives. Many people love our winters as well, but they aren’t much fun without an effective furnace to keep your house comfortable as the thermostat drops below freezing.

We want you to enjoy uninterrupted warmth from your home’s furnace this winter. Our technicians are always available to help you with furnace repair in Burlington, VT, but we know you’d prefer to avoid furnace troubles in the first place. Below is our advice for keeping your furnace working right and without comfort-disrupting malfunctions.

Schedule furnace maintenance before winter (always, always, always)

This is the best advice we can offer for your heating system overall, no matter what type. HVAC systems are designed with annual maintenance in mind. Without it, they will age rapidly and run into numerous malfunctions and efficiency drops, leading to an eventual early replacement.

The majority of repairs your furnace may need during its service life can be prevented with maintenance. Maintenance also ensures a furnace works at its safest, giving you even greater peace of mind. 

Regularly change the furnace filter

People too often forget about the filter that protects the furnace’s interior from dust and other particles that come through the return air ducts. We recommend putting in a new filter before winter arrives and changing it every one to three months, depending on the filter’s strength. (Panel filters every month, pleated filters every three months.) A dirty filter will place strain on the furnace, can cause it to overheat, and will allow contaminants to interfere with its mechanisms.

Don’t push the furnace harder than necessary

When outdoor temperatures are below freezing, you’ll feel tempted to “fight back” with the furnace and crank the thermostat up higher. But this can push a furnace too far, forcing it to run for longer than necessary and wear down fast. Always target lower temperatures and wear an extra layer of clothes. We recommend setting the thermostat to 68°F during the day when people are home. 

Make sure all vents are open and unobstructed

Tour around your home to check all the vents in the rooms. You want the vents fully open and no furniture or rugs obstructing them. Blocked vents place more strain on the furnace and can lead to damage to the ductwork. 

Never ignore a potential problem with the furnace

A furnace might outwardly work the way you want it to, providing the right level of warmth set on the thermostat, but still have a developing malfunction. If you notice anything unusual about your furnace’s workings, such as strange sounds or odors, the furnace shutting on and off at odd times, or an unexplained increase in your energy costs, please arrange for technicians to look at it. A repair that stops a future repair is the kind of repair you won’t mind getting!

Red Rock Mechanical, LLC serves Northwest Vermont and Northeast New York. Contact us for quality furnace repair and other vital home heating services.

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