Google “furnace repair” and you’ll find any number of sites telling you how to do everything from changing a filter to rebuilding the entire machine. While it’s tempting to resort to do-it-yourself projects in an effort to save money, there are some things you should leave to the experts. Installing and servicing your gas and some of your electric appliances is one of those things! Modern gas appliances offer reliable and efficient service, but carry with them dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and explosion if not handled properly. A misstep with high-voltage electrical appliances may result in electrocution or electrical fires. So, what can you safely do yourself? In short, anything that requires nothing more than the world’s most versatile tool – your hands. In terms of maintenance, change your furnace filters on a regular basis, periodically replace the batteries in your thermostat, and keep your furnace vent and outside air conditioner clear of obstructions. If something seems wrong – your furnace won’t come on or your hot water is cold – there are a few things you can do to find out. Make sure your thermostat and the temperature dial on your hot water heater are set correctly. Check your circuit breakers. If everything appears to be set correctly, try turning your furnace switch or water heater breaker off and then on again. You’d be surprised how often these simple steps work. If you’re still having trouble, do not break out the screwdrivers and wrenches. Instead, stay safe and call the experts. Oosterveld Heating and Air Conditioning employs highly trained, experienced, and certified technicians. Our annual service plans include check-up and labour coverage, meaning you won’t be charged for labour during regular business hours. You can purchase a service plan for the same cost as a check-up. Don’t put the safety of your home and family in the hands of internet do-it-yourself instructions. Give Oosterveld a call at 519-837-2351 or visit our website at www.oosterveldheating.com. You’ll save money, and possibly much more in the long run.