With a few snowy days last week and temperatures hovering in the 30s this week, it’s essential for your heater to be running at peak efficiency. We know how much you depend on your heating system, so in today’s post, we’ll explain six of the most common signs of trouble you should be watching for as you use your furnace this winter.
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You’ll always have some dust in your home, no matter how often you vacuum and dust. However, if you notice that the areas next to your vents are particularly dusty, then the problem could be that your heater is malfunctioning, or that the filter is clogged. You should be changing your filter at least every three months, or when it’s become saturated with dust and dirt. If you’re not sure when to replace your filter, then just give one of HVAC experts a call. If you’ve changed your filter recently and your heater is still filling your home with dust, then the problem is likely with your ductwork or fan.
Furnaces tend to last between 15 and 20 years, depending on how well they’re maintained. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, then we recommend keeping a close eye on its performance in the next several years. Mechanical components have a tendency to become worn and brittle, and you may need to invest in periodic HVAC maintenance. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new unit altogether. Just ask our HVAC company for advice!
Unusual noises are a clear sign that something is amiss with your furnace. It’s expected that your furnace will make noises as it cycles on and off, but you should turn your furnace off and call an HVAC technician if you ever hear banging, screeching, or other odd noises coming from the unit. Even if the problem is minor, you don’t want to take the risk of your unit sustaining even more damage while you wait for furnace repairs.
If you notice any amount of water pooling around your furnace, then it’s time to call an expert. Water buildup occurs when the condensate line — the path through which excess moisture is flushed from your system — becomes clogged and is unable to drain properly. You don’t want to deal with water damage or mold near the area where your furnace is located, so turn off your unit and give us a call as soon as you notice that your furnace is leaking water. Furnace repairs of this sort are best left to the experts, as they require a mix of plumbing and HVAC knowledge.
Are you noticing a steady increase in your utility bills? While a number of different factors such as poor insulation and air leaks can account for rising utility bills, inefficient furnaces are a common cause of high utility bills. A broken component could be causing your furnace to draw more power than it actually needs, or there could be a problem with your thermostat that’s causing your furnace to work overtime. No matter what the problem may be, our heating and cooling experts will work quickly to diagnose and fix the problem as expediently as possible.
If you hear your furnace turning on and off constantly throughout the day, then it’s probably not working as efficiently as it should. Cycling often occurs due to clogged air filters, thermostat problems, and electrical issues, but it’s difficult to diagnose the issue without professional assistance. Over-cycling can cause your heating bills to rise sharply, so keep an eye out for this problem if your heating bills have been rising steadily over the past few months.
We hope that today’s post will help you determine if you need to call an expert for furnace repairs. Keep an eye on our blog page, as we’ll be updating our website in the coming weeks and months with even more information that can help you keep your furnace in pristine condition.
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