Don’t Forget to Change Your Furnace Filter!

Keep your furnace running smoothly this winter

furnace air filter McKean, ny With winter arriving here in the Southern Tier, it’s essential that your furnace is up to the task of keeping your home warm, safe, and comfortable.

One way you can do that is by making sure your furnace’s air filter is changed regularly. A dirty, clogged air filter forces your furnace to work harder. That reduces the energy efficiency of your furnace, which causes your heating costs to skyrocket. It can also cause your furnace to break down, which can lead to big furnace repair bills.

How often should I change my furnace’s air filter?

The frequency of replacing your furnace filter is determined by the filter’s thickness. Here are the general guidelines for how often to change your furnace filter based on its thickness:

It is recommended that you check your filter once a month and change as needed. However, if you have pets or if someone in your home has a respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD, you should check more frequently.

My furnace isn’t running. What should I do?

The first thing is, don’t panic. Rinker Oil and Propane offers our customers 24/7 no-heat emergency service. You can also try to get the furnace running again with these troubleshoots, which can help you avoid an emergency service call.

Check your fuel tank gauge levels: To ensure optimal functioning of your furnace, it is imperative to maintain an adequate supply of propane or heating oil. If the capacity of your tank falls below 25%, we urge you to contact us immediately for an emergency delivery. Moreover, you can eliminate the risk of fuel run-outs by enrolling in our Automatic Delivery service! By leveraging cutting-edge software and analyzing your fuel usage history, we accurately predict when a refill is needed and proactively schedule a delivery before you reach low levels.

Inspect the thermostat: Ensure that your thermostat is set to a temperature at least five degrees higher than the current reading. Double-check that the thermostat is in “heat” mode and do not forget to inspect and replace the batteries if necessary.

Push the reset button ONLY ONCE: Locate the clearly labeled “RESET” button. Before pressing it, adjust your thermostat to a temperature that is at least five degrees higher than the current temperature in your home. After making this adjustment, press the reset button. Please keep in mind that this step should only be performed once. Assuming you have an adequate fuel supply, pressing the reset button should resolve the issue. However, if the problem persists, refrain from pressing the button again. Your heating system requires professional attention. Reach out to us for immediate and reliable assistance with your no-heat emergency.

Check the breaker box: If an excessive amount of electricity has flowed through the circuit controlling your heating system, it will trip the breaker. In such cases, simply flip the circuit breaker switch to restore power to your furnace. After doing so, check if your furnace is functioning properly. If the issue persists, please contact us to schedule a service call.

It’s not too late for a furnace tune-up!

If you haven’t scheduled your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up, there’s no better time like the present! A tune-up not only helps your furnace run at its best efficiency, which saves you money on heating costs, but it also allows our service technicians to detect and fix problems that could cause breakdowns and repair bills. By the way, a tune-up is included in all our service plans.

Get your furnace in tip-top shape with service from Rinker Oil and Propane! Contact us today to schedule your tune-up.