Preventing Furnace Breakdown in Cold Weather

Preventing Furnace Breakdown in Cold Weather

We get very cold winters in the Spokane Valley, WA area. Preventing furnace breakdown is crucial to keeping our properties warm. Although furnaces do a great job for most of the season, they can encounter issues when the temperatures drop severely low. Below we will show you a few ways to prevent this.

Clean Your Furnace Filters

Furnaces have to perform extra hard during cold weather, which is why it’s essential to check, clean, and replace your filters accordingly. You should even check the filters before it’s time to change them. Furnace filters that get clogged force your unit to work harder than normal. Your owner’s manual may advise changing the filters anywhere from two to six months. This time period can shorten based on items such as:

  • Number of people on the property.
  • Number of pets on the property.
  • Be sure to take into account whether or not occupants have allergies.
  • How often the furnace is used.
  • Has the winter been irregularly cold?

You may need to check the filter or filters once every month and replacing it when necessary to help your unit run efficiently.

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Do Not Set Thermostat Impulsively

It happens to all of us. You come in from the cold and want to get warm now. It’s tempting to crank the temperature up, but you are putting unnecessary strain on your system. Turning up the thermostat is actually unlikely to make a big difference except to put an extra workload on your furnace. We recommend adding a few extra layers or grabbing a thermal blanket instead.

Keep Vents Clear

Finally, some homeowners close vents in unused areas to save energy and direct heat where they want it. Closing off vents can lead to issues. Your furnace is specifically sized to fit your property in order to maximize efficiency and output. Your unit does not perform to its full capacity and can cycle incorrectly when vents are closed or blocked. In fact, these frequent short cycles can shorten the lifespan of your furnace.

Get a Professional to Prevent Furnace Breakdowns

We also recommend having your unit professionally maintained in order to prevent furnace breakdowns. At the Barton Boys, we serve Spokane Valley, Hayden, and Coeur d’Alene with all their furnace, heating, and HVAC needs. Contact us today for more.