Since when was your furnace last repaired? It’s time to have an HVAC-certified professional take a look at it if it’s been more than a year or if it’s been so long that you can’t remember. Annual furnace maintenance is advised by HVAC experts prior to or at the start of the cold weather season.
What red flags should you watch out for before making heating plans?
These three indicators indicate that a furnace repair is necessary:
Do you notice any unpleasant odours coming from your furnace? This might be the result of soot accumulation in the heat exchanger or other components that come into contact with flame or extremely hot temperatures. If you notice a musty smell, it may be the result of moisture gathering where it shouldn’t and fostering the growth of mould or mildew.
Are there any odd new noises coming from the furnace? The bearings may be wearing out if they start to groan. An air leak may sound like a high-pitched whine or screech. A heat exchanger that is cracked may make a loud clicking or clacking sound. A faulty furnace is capable of making a variety of strange noises.
Erratic heating around your house
Does it seem like some rooms are warmer than others? This discrepancy suggests that something is wrong with the furnace’s operation. Correctly heating the same square footage gets harder as your furnace ages. This can necessitate a straightforward furnace repair or replacement.
Increasing energy costs
Have your energy costs been rising each month? Depending on the type of furnace you have, this can be your natural gas or electric payment. If your furnace uses propane or oil, you generally buy it in large quantities or pay for it on a fixed monthly basis. Rising heating bills, regardless of the energy source you use, are a sign that your furnace is inefficient.