Are you worried that your furnace system might break down at any moment? If you skipped maintenance this year, and/or you don’t know the signs that your furnace needs repair, then we understand the worry.
It’s never fun to schedule heating repairs, but it’s even worse if you’re heater has broken down completely and requires you to make an emergency call, which can cost you even more monetarily and time-wise.
Our trained professionals advise that if you do discover you need furnace repairs, you get them on your schedule ASAP, to avoid sudden system breakdowns. Additionally, the sooner you repair your system, the lower your monthly bills will be, and the longer your system can last. Keep reading to learn the signs that you have a heater in disrepair.
Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
What often makes it hard to detect heating system problems is the fact that some of them can be pretty easy to ignore. For instance, a relatively quiet—albeit unfamiliar—noise coming from your furnace cabinet or vents may be easy to dismiss.
However, strange or unfamiliar noises can be signs of major problems. For instance, a buzzing sound can be the sign that something electrical is going on, while a screeching noise can signal a worn-out belt that can break at any moment. A pop or bang could even be dangerous, potentially damaging the heat exchanger.
You Spend Too Much to Heat Your Home
We get it, this may seem subjective—should you really be surprised by your heating bills going up in the winter, and how much is “too much?” Well what we mean is, you should look at how much you’re spending on your heating bills in comparison to this same time last year, and/or in comparison to what your neighbors are paying with the same type of heating system and home setup.
If you’re paying significantly more, it’s a sign that your furnace simply isn’t working as efficiently as it once did, and it’s time to call for repairs.
You Just Can’t Seem to Stay Warm
Does it seem like no matter how high you turn up the thermostat, it still doesn’t feel warm enough in your home? If this happens, chances are that the problem doesn’t have anything to do with the thermostat itself. Rather, your heater is probably running nonstop to try to meet the preferred settings, but some internal problem is preventing it from doing so.
This could be the result of breached ductwork, broken components, or if you have a heat pump rather than a furnace it could be from leaking refrigerant.
The Furnace Is Rapidly Cycling On and Off
This process is called short-cycling. It’s something you should never ignore. When your furnace short-cycles, it will run in spurts for a few minutes, shut off, then cycle back on shortly. This is a waste of energy—since your HVAC systems consume the most energy cycling on and off—and also causes the components of your furnace to wear down faster.