You have been using your furnace for several months to keep you warm and comfortable inside your home. Now, it’s time to give a dose of TLC to your heating system. Furnace repair is one of the ‘joys’ of home maintenance when properly done. Here are furnace repair tips you should know. Set your thermostat to ‘heat’. It’s a bit cliché, but due to our busy lifestyles today, we sometimes forget doing simple fixes. Missing out to move over your thermostat can make you assume that you need repair, when the truth is that you can do a simple DIY trick of a simple literal flip of your switch. Be sure that the switch is moved to the ‘on’ or ‘up’ position. Going back to switches, be sure that the furnace switch is set to the on or up position. As discussed earlier, it could be an easy miss. Keep in mind that most furnace units are designed with built-in delays, hence giving it a couple of minutes to get going before rushing to call a repairman is a good idea. Replace the air filter. Just like how it is important to change AC air filters in a regular basis, furnace air filter should be swapped out every three months. This is to ensure that your heating system operates more efficiently. A dirty air filter is one of the major causes of poor performance. Also, they can be a potential breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can put you and your family’s health at risk. Check your circuit breaker panel. Administer eye test to your circuit break and check if the break controlling your heating system is in the middle or ‘off’ position. If it’s in the middle, then cycle it back to off and then reset it. Don’t hesitate to consult a technician if you are not comfortable working with the circuit breaker. Choose the right repair contractor. If you live in a typically cold area, it is likely that you already have a furnace repair contractor to call on when you’re dealing with heating issues. Unluckily, several factors like business strategies can leave loyal customers in the cold. Be sure to do your research in advance. Ask for referrals. Check online reviews and check with the Better Business Bureau. Consider the price of repair. When looking for a repair service for your furnace, it’s a good idea to consult different contractors about different types of HVAC jobs and compare them. Don’t forget that most repair jobs are pretty costly, so you should check with different sources in order to save on your expenses. Also, keep in mind that no two furnace repair jobs are exactly the same, though you can find significant difference when you do your research properly. It’s a wise move to examine options and do your legwork as early as possible. This way, you’ll have a trusted repairman to call on when you are faced with heating problems in the near future.