Though we’re still in the midst of summer, the temperatures in Colorado will begin to drop before you know it. You understandably haven’t thought about your furnace since you turned it off for the summer, but now is the perfect time to start it up and invest in a furnace tune-up. We answered a few questions we receive about furnace maintenance and furnace repairs in a previous post, and in today’s post, we’ll continue to answer some of the most common questions we receive about furnaces and furnace repairs.
When you’ve finished reading this post, be sure to get in touch with one of our talented HVAC technicians to schedule an HVAC service appointment for your home!
It’s normal for your monthly utility bill to increase as we get further into the fall and winter. You’ll inevitably increase your home’s temperature as the outside temperature drops, which raises the cost of heating your home. However, if you notice that your utility bills are rising without a change in your heating habits, then the problem is likely with your home and/or your furnace.
As we noted in our previous post, poor insulation and drafts can allow warm air to leak out of your home, causing your furnace to work harder to maintain a stable temperature. A cracked window or a small hole in your roof could be the culprit, so be sure to check your home for noticeable signs of a leak. If you’re confident that your home is retaining heat, then you may want to check your furnace filter. A clogged filter can make it difficult for your furnace to fill your home with warm air efficiently. If you change your filter but don’t notice a change in your heating bills, then you should call our HVAC technicians for a furnace inspection. An internal component may be causing your unit to work inefficiently.
There are a number of reasons why your furnace is making odd noises, but the source of the problem will vary according to the noise you’re hearing. For instance, a scraping noise could be an indication of worn-out ball bearings in the furnace’s blower wheel, which should only be replaced by a professional HVAC technician. A banging or popping noise is probably being due to something rattling in your air ducts, but calling an HVAC professional is the only way to ensure that you’ve properly addressed the problem.
Frequent on-and-off cycling is usually caused by a clogged filter, poor airflow, or a malfunctioning thermostat. Your furnace could be having a hard time circulating air in your home, but the problem could also be that you’ve set your thermostat to a temperature too high for the furnace to accommodate. If turning down your thermostat doesn’t solve the problem, then you may need a furnace expert to perform an inspection.
Are you ready to get started with a furnace inspection or furnace repairs in Denver or the nearby areas? Call or email us today to schedule an appointment!