Furnaces Need TLC Too
As the winter months approach, the weather is going to get cooler. It is important to make sure your heating system is functioning properly and ready for use. The last thing you would want is to try to turn on your furnace only to find that it does not work. Furnaces should undergo regular maintenance checks, typically every other year. If they are older than 10 years, they should be checked every year. Learn about the different signs that indicate furnace problems to avoid being cold this winter.
There’s Signs of Leaking
Leaking is a major indicator of a furnace issue. One of the main causes of this is due to condensation leaking. CO2 can also leak from your furnace if there is a crack in the heat exchanger. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, and causes people to get very sick or even worse. If there is a leak, it is important to air out your home as soon as possible.
You Hear Weird Noises
If strange or unfamiliar noises are coming from your furnace, there is likely an issue. Noises like squealing, thumping, clanking, and rattling signal that something is wrong.
Airflow Is Poor
Poor air flow could occur for a number of reasons. It is possible that the air filter may be clogged, there is a break in the duct, or the filter is dirty. There may be air coming out of only certain vents or only a few rooms may have the proper temperature because of these issues.
Utility Bill Increases
Your utility bill can tell you a lot about your furnace. If you notice a spike in your bill, there may be a problem with your furnace. A change in the bill is most likely due to the furnace working inefficiently, using too much energy.
Frequently Turns On
When furnaces constantly turn on and off, often and repeatedly, a problem is present. This process is known as short-cycling. The causes of short-cycling can be due to a clogged air filter, the thermostat, and more.
If It Seems Broken
There are many obvious ways to tell if your furnace is not working as it should be. These include if the thermostat appears broken, the temperature isn’t changing, and if the wrong air temperature is coming out.
Unfortunately, furnaces don’t last forever. They typically last anywhere from 15-30 years, depending on how well they are maintained as well as other factors. If your furnace has not been inspected or repaired in a while, it could be affecting the air flow in your home, causing the air to be dry and dusty.
Call Stephens for Furnace Repairs
Don’t wait until it is too late. If you think your furnace is experiencing one of these problems, you need to get help right away! The trained technicians at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning have been repairing and maintaining furnaces for over two decades. We can assist with thermostat replacement and installation. We can also clean your ventilation system as well. Stay warm during the winter season with help from a properly functioning furnace. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today to begin the process.