A failing furnace is everyone’s winter nightmare. But it doesn’t have to reach that point. There are things to watch out for before your furnace calls it quits. Here are 7 signs that indicate that your furnace is in need of repair before it is too late.
As a furnace reaches the end of its life, you will likely begin to hear odd noises such as popping, rattling, squealing or banging. Those noises that you may have grown accustomed to by now are actually warning signs that your furnace doesn’t have much time left.
Thermostat Is Not Doing Its Job
Do you feel like you are constantly adjusting your thermostat? Do you feel like the temperature it is reading is not at all accurate to what it feels like in your home? If you answered yes to either or both of those questions, it is likely a sign that you need furnace repair. This problem indicates that your furnace is no longer capable of properly distributing air throughout the home to keep you comfortable.
Difficulty Turning on the Unit
As a furnace gets older, you may have more trouble turning the unit on and keeping it running. If you find that your unit is taking several attempts to turn on or it won’t turn on at all, you could have a wiring issue. Replacing the broken wire should fix the issue but it’s possible something else is causing the problem. Either way, you should have an HVAC specialist examine the furnace to determine the issue.
Not Warming Your Home
Probably the most obvious sign that your furnace needs a repair, if you find that your furnace is simply not warming your home or that there is no heat at all, then there is definitely an issue. One of the more common reasons why your furnace is warming your home is a leak in the ductwork. These leaks allow air to escape and not warm your home properly.
Poor Air Quality
Your furnace has an impact on your home’s overall air quality. A poorly maintained furnace will allow dust, bacteria and other foreign particles to travel freely in your home. If you or someone in your family has allergies and has been coughing frequently or has itchy and watery eyes, you may need to have your unit cleaned.
High Energy Bills
The more efficient the furnace, the lower the energy bill – and vice versa. If you have noticed a substantial spike in your monthly electricity bill, it could likely be linked to an old, faulty furnace. As your furnace gets older, it has to run for a more extended period of time in order to reach the desired temperature for the home. Therefore, the longer the furnace is running, the higher the cost of your monthly energy bill.
Recent Repairs/Lack of Service
If your furnace has not been serviced annually, this can be setting it up for failure. We recommend having your furnace serviced once a year to check for any water/gas leaks and ensure everything is running as it should be. On the other hand, if you have had several repairs on your furnace in recent months, this is also a sign that your furnace is likely near the end of its life.
If you are ready to have your furnace repaired, then contact Champion AC & Plumbing today. Whether you need a furnace tune-up, a heater installation, or an AC repair, we can help you with all of your heating and air needs.
If your furnace is in need of repair, have a licensed professional from Champion AC & Plumbing come out today!