We have had a fairly mild winter overall here in the Pacific Northwest, but February is proving to bring some cold days and even snow and ice. This is the time when your heating system is working its hardest and it can be unnerving and inconvenient to have your furnace break down right when you’re relying on it the most. To help you prevent a furnace emergency, our experts at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help with these tips to prevent heating system breakdowns.

Tip #1: Don’t skip annual preventative maintenance appointments.
This is one of the quickest ways to ensure a system breakdown. During routine maintenance, our experienced technicians will thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust all of the vital parts of your heating system and make sure things are fixed if there is an issue or repair that needs to be made. We will make sure it is running at peak efficiency, too, so there are no unexpected surprises on your utility bill. Contact us today to schedule your appointment so you can ensure your system works for the rest of the cold days ahead.

Tip #2: Clean or replace air filters regularly.
Not only do clean air filters help with good indoor air quality, it will also help with system efficiency and help the furnace do the job that it was intended to do. When your filter gets full of dirt, dust, pollen, or other debris that builds up, clean air can’t get through, which means your furnace needs to work harder. This could cause a system breakdown if it goes on for a long time and it will also increase your energy bills.

Tip #3: Keep air circulating.
It might be tempting to close off vents. Many people think that doing this will help direct the heat where they want it to go and saves energy on heating unused rooms, but in fact, this is very bad for your furnace. When sections are closed off, your system isn’t allowed to function at its full capacity and could cause it to cycle wrongly.

In addition to the above tips, be sure that you are aware of any odd noises or smells that are coming from the machine and if you notice something like this, call us right away. Don’t attempt to do any repairs on the furnace yourself, as they are complex systems that can sometimes be dangerous. Our team at Hybrid will be out as soon as possible to provide professional expert service and determine what’s wrong. We’re standing by to help keep your furnace working well for the rest of the season and into the next!

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