Winter Is Coming: Is Your Furnace Ready?


J&R Herra is one of the leading furnace repair companies in the Geneva, IL, area. And with winter coming, you will need to ensure your furnace is ready for the cold weather ahead. Although we are always happy to help our customers with their 24/7 heating needs, we have put together a list of a few simple tasks you can do yourself that will help keep your system working safely and efficiently.

Inspect your furnace

Check all of the air filters that you have throughout your home. The air filter should be cleaned or replaced when you detect a change in airflow or when it becomes overly dirty.

Check your thermostat settings. Adjust the temperature setting to best fit your desired temperature when the weather gets colder. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, do this before winter begins to ensure you will not wake up in the cold.

Inspect your pilot light to ensure that it is still lit. If you have an older furnace or another type of heater, you may still need to do this before the cold season. This will only apply to older model furnaces and other styles of gas heaters, as newer central heating furnaces will no longer utilize a pilot light as an ignition source.

Clean your furnace and change the filters

To ensure that your furnace will be running correctly this winter, you should make sure that the following:

·    You clean your furnace at least once a year or hire your trusted professional HVAC company, J&R Herra, to do so. We offer maintenance plans to ensure you always remember to maintain your HVAC system.

·    You change the filters every three months (or when they look dirty).

·    Ensure that any exhaust vents from your home are free of rust, damage, or debris.

Test your system

Make sure to test your system before the cold weather sets in. If you wait too long and your heater has an issue, you will be in the same position as most of the population. If you find out you need furnace repair earlier, you can get ahead of the game and avoid waiting.

If your heater is not working as it should, you will need to contact a professional HVAC company like J&R Herra as soon as possible to avoid further damage and costly repairs to your heater.

Have a professional HVAC technician perform annual maintenance on your furnace.

The best way to ensure that your heater and heat pump are working as they should is to have J&R Herra perform thorough maintenance. Our professionals will be able to spot concerns before they become problems and help you avoid costly repairs further down the line.

If you’re worried about cost, don’t: regular maintenance can save money in the long run by ensuring your furnace doesn’t break down unexpectedly and allows the furnace to have a much longer life span. Experienced professionals who specialize in furnaces know how these units work and how best to get them running safely without any issues. They’ll also be aware of ways to save you money—for example, by recommending upgrades that would extend the life of your system or increase efficiency while cutting down on energy usage!


Something that you should always do before winter begins is to ensure your furnace is ready for the winter and can be used safely. It’s easy to forget about your furnace until it fails, but when it does, you’ll want someone who knows how to fix it fast. Contact J&R Herra today, and let’s get started!

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