Signs You May Need to Repair, or Replace, Your Furnace

 


With autumn in full swing and winter on our minds, it is time to think about whether our homes are ready and able to handle the worst of these cold months. It is essential that, before the worst snow days hit, you ensure that your home’s heating system is working and ready to keep your loved ones safe and warm. Your furnace spells the difference between a cozy winter and a distressing one. Look for the following potentially alarming signs that your furnace may need to be repaired or replaced before winter settles in.

 

One of the first signs to repair your furnace is that you have noticed that your home’s power bills are much higher than usual. If you see that your electricity has skyrocketed for no discernable reason, you may find that it is due to the decreased efficiency in your home’s furnace. Over time, the heating system in your home becomes less efficient, and it also may take longer to reach the ideal temperature inside your home. This raises your power bills, and as such, should raise alarm bells. Consult a professional heating repair company.

 

If you notice that the burner flame in your furnace turns yellow, this is an indicator that there could be something wrong with your furnace. Because the flame is typically blue, a yellow flame indicates carbon monoxide, which could be dangerous in excess. Call the repair company immediately to address the issue. If you notice this yellow flame and know that your family has also experienced inexplicable fatigue and flu-like symptoms, you should leave your home.

 

Do you hear any strange noises coming from your furnace? If you hear occasional rattling noises, this is not uncommon with old heating systems. However, if your furnace emits banging and creaking noises, this indicates problems that warrant calling a furnace repair professional. Squealing may indicate issues with the system’s motor bearings. Rattling means that the blower assembly or the professional may conclude that the motor needs repair. In conclusion, if your old system makes noises more than a slight rattling when it comes on, you should call a professional.

 

When you find that you need to adjust your thermostat back to its ideal temperature, your furnace may not be working efficiently. You may also find that each room is not consistently the same temperature, even after several tries. Ask a heating system repair professional to take a look at your system because it is not correctly distributing evenly across your home. If you understand that your system is 15 years or older, a professional may suggest you replace your heating system before winter.

 

Other indicators that you may need furnace repair or replacement are the decrease of quality air in your home, which may require a change in the filter, short cycling in your furnace, or too many repairs in a short time. When you consult with a professional, they will be able to give you a true, comprehensive answer. If you have noticed any of these signs, call your local Calgary furnace repair to inspect your home’s heating system. Whether you need maintenance, repair, or a complete replacement, it is critical to get your home’s heating system in working shape before winter comes.

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