Not having a working furnace or other heat source in the deepest part of winter can be downright agonizing. In some parts of the nation, a broken heat source can put a homeowners’ health at risk and result in a trip to the hospital.
In locations where colder months see temperatures below freezing, a working heating system is not just a luxury, but a requirement. All you need to get your furnace back up to speed is a certified professional to repair or replace it. Skilled technicians can solve the problem and ensure that it doesn’t happen again anytime soon. In the event that a furnace can’t be repaired anymore, they can walk a homeowner through their alternatives and even appropriately install another unit.
It is recommended that furnaces be serviced at least once a year to prevent unnecessary repairs or replacements. If your furnace is almost 15-20 years old, you should have an alternative model picked out in case of an unexpected breakdown.
Many modern furnaces are even more energy efficient than those from 10 years ago, so you can also be saved by a new unit on your energy costs. Whatever your repair or replacement needs may be, a certified professional will do as required to return your home to its custom temperature.
Signs You May Need Furnace Repair
If your furnace is not working well then this could mean that it is time to call a professional. Even slight changes can cause trouble if they are not checked quickly. Below are signs that it is time to have it checked out already by a professional.
High energy bills
In the event that your heating bills appear to be unusually high, it might be an ideal opportunity to service your furnace. A filthy filter, filthy coils, or weak parts can make the furnace work harder to raise your room’s temperature.
Usually when you get a low cost servicing then this can result in you having a lower energy bill. Over time, older units can lose their efficiency, making it more costly. So if you are using your unit for 20 years, the time has come for an upgrade rather than repair.
If there are only some rooms that are getting heated enough, then a professional may need to conduct some repairs on it. Dirty or damaged ducts may generate inconsistent temperatures between rooms as well as blocked pipes, defective thermostats or a furnace of inappropriate size. If you have recently had a renovation done to your home then it will be necessary for you to upgrade your furnace. If there was no change done to your home then maybe all that is needed is furnace repair.
When you hear strange or loud noises from your furnace you should be concerned about it. Regardless of what the noise may be, an expert should always be contacted immediately. These noises often signal a mechanical issue that has the potential of causing extensive damage if not nipped in the bud.
Sometimes offending noises tell you that the furnace’s end of life is near but a professional can exactly diagnose the actual reason and offer the solution about the noises.
Carbon monoxide detected
Carbon monoxide may be detrimental to a family’s health and well-being. When the pilot light flickers, or comes up yellow rather than blue, this can be an indication of carbon monoxide contamination. Specific symptoms of carbon monoxide leak include rust on pipes, water accumulation on windows and cold surfaces and general health difficulties faced by the family members. It is important that you shut the furnace off when carbon monoxide is detected and call a professional to repair or replace the device immediately.
If the blower seems to be running continually and the home is not getting warm enough, or if it gets too hot, then you may have an issue with the pilot light, limit switch, or the filters. Leave it to a trained professional to inspect your malfunctioning furnace and identify the cause of the problem. There are times when all it needs is a simple fix but there are other times when the unit needs replacing already.
Yearly Furnace Servicing
It is important to have a furnace serviced annually to reduce the number of repair calls or replacement needs. A qualified professional will inspect and clean your entire system, including all its working parts, to make sure it’s in prime condition to function effectively all winter long. Untimely breakdowns or allergy problems can be reduced by doing a yearly service. Because the furnace typically uses the same ductwork and blowers as the AC, the same technician can provide service to both systems at different times of year, so there is no need to work with more than one company.
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