Indications That Your Furnace Needs Service Right Away

Posted on: 21 November 2019

The heating system or furnace in your home is not something you want to stop working during the cold winter months. Often, when a furnace or heating system needs attention, there are some signs that will let you know, if you know what to watch for.

Lack of Heat

The most obvious sign that you have a problem with your heating system is a lack of heat coming out of the heat ducts or a lower-than-normal temperature. Sometimes the system will run and warm air may come out of the system, but if the air is not warm enough to raise the temperature in the house, you have a problem in the system that needs addressing.

The problem could be in the burner, or a blockage could be trapping the air and letting it cool before it makes it into the house. Changing the air filters and ensuring the air intakes are clear is about all you can do in this situation. After that, call a service tech and have them evaluate the system for you. 

Strange Noises

When you start to hear strange noises from your heating system, you could have a number of things wrong. The noises are sometimes easily identified as a blower that is failing or a part that is not operating properly when the furnace comes on. But the best course of action is to simply shut down the furnace and call a technician to come and evaluate the unit right away. 

Strange Odors

Odd odors that do not normally come from your heating system can be an indication of a problem. Hot or melting rubber can indicate a belt that is failing. Electrical odors may mean you have a wire that the casing has melted on and the potential for a short circuit is higher. Or a hot odor that seems to be out of place can be an indication that something is going on in the heating system and should be cause for concern.

Rising Heating Costs

If you are tracking your heating costs and you see a marked rise in the energy bill or fuel usage for your furnace, it can indicate a loss in efficiency and a problem in the furnace. Having a technician clean and inspect the furnace is a good idea at this point.

The only way to get a handle on the problem is to inspect the parts that can cause the efficiency to drop. Often that means the fuel nozzle, the igniter, or the controller that keeps all those parts working together. To learn more, contact a company like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

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