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How To Avoid Heating Repairs This Season


We’re halfway into the heating season and so far Virginia has seen some extreme winter weather.

From wind storms to snow storms, you’ve undoubtedly been using your furnace a lot to keep your home warm and comfortable as the weather has wreaked havoc outside. 

It’s about this time of year when homeowners have a fairly good idea of how well their furnace has been performing.

Do you feel confident about its ability to see you through the rest of the heating season? Or are you a bit wary of its ability to do so without any interruption in service?

Although we’re available for fast and professional heating repair in Culpeper, VA when you need it, wouldn’t it be better to avoid any hiccups in your heater’s ability to heat your home?

That’s why we’re providing these tips on how you can avoid furnace repairs this winter so you can depend on your heater when you need it most.

Change the Filter Regularly

If you’ve had your furnace maintained or repaired, you’ve probably heard the technician mention how important it is to change the air filter.

This is a really simple thing that homeowners can do to keep their furnaces in top-notch condition. That’s because your furnace’s air filter is what protects its interior parts from getting dirty.

And just like with any complex piece of machinery, you want to keep those complex working parts free of dust and debris. 

You might be thinking, “My home is clean, so why should be concerned with the air filter?”

All homes have particulates floating around in the air. Dust, pollen, dirt, mold spores, and pet and human dander are circulating in your air. It doesn’t matter how much you clean, they will still be there.

By changing the air filter on a regular basis (every 1-3 months), you’ll help your furnace run smoothly and efficiently.

Don’t Crank the Heat Up

If your furnace isn’t heating your home efficiently, you might be tempted to crank the heat up. We’d advise you not to do that.

Cranking up the heat on the thermostat won’t heat a home better or faster. All it will do is make a furnace that’s already struggling to do its job work harder.

Turning the heat way up won’t heat your home more quickly or efficiently and doing so could potentially lead to a complete breakdown. 

Know the Warning Signs of a Potential Breakdown

Luckily for homeowners, your furnace will tell you when it’s struggling to do its job. Here’s a quick list of things to look out for that can indicate your furnace needs repairs sooner rather than later.

Knowing these signs–and scheduling repairs as soon as you notice them–will help avoid a mid-season breakdown.

  • Short cycling.
  • Emitting strange sounds or weird smells.
  • Uneven heating of rooms or lukewarm air coming from the vents.
  • High utility bills that can’t be explained by usage.

By following these tips, we hope that you can avoid mid-season repairs. No one wants their furnace to break down on the coldest day of the year. 

Contact Dynamic Heating and Cooling for furnace repairs from the team whose motto is “Excellence in Everything We Do!”

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