Tips to keep your furnace running during the extreme cold

Published: Jan. 29, 2019 at 6:21 PM EST
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(01/29/2019) - As the temperatures continue to plummet your furnace will be working harder than usual.

Mike Anson, the Residential Service Manager for Goyette Mechanical Inc, said the company’s phone has been ringing off the hook the past week.

Anson says most common heating practices do more harm than good, especially when it comes to temperatures we are about to see. But there are some simple solutions to keep your furnace running without problems.

"Definitely check your filter,” said Anson. “One of the most common service calls is furnace overheating or short cycling, or not keeping up primarily caused by dirty filter."

Most furnaces are not designed to handle this extreme of temperatures. So limiting the workload of your furnace could keep it from going out when you need it most.

"They are designed in the state of Michigan to achieve a temp of 72 degrees on a zero degree day, so naturally it's going to be a lot colder than that,” said Anson. “So helpful advice would be if you do use a setback on your thermostat, make sure to hold the temperature and temporarily get out of your program just to make sure you are trying to maintain a temp."

This prevents your furnace from working all day the following day to get back to a higher temperature.

Anson also tells us to check that your furnace vent isn't blocked or it could be deadly.

"If your vents plug up and your furnace does not shut off you have a definite chance of getting carbon monoxide into the home, which is very dangerous," said Anson.

Michigan's Public Service Commissions is also making resources available to help pay heating and utilities costs. $50 million is being provided for that through Michigan Energy Assistance Program.

If you need help, call 2-1-1 for assistance.