Furnace Repair: Knowing When It’s Time to Call A Technician

As we dive deeper into the winter months with extreme cold weather alerts being announced more frequently, your heating system will be working much harder to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.  Unfortunately, the chances of furnace failure drastically increases when your furnace has to be running consistently. If a failure occurs overnight, it is quite often the worst possible time to contact a furnace repair technician as there will likely be many other HVAC emergencies requiring immediate service. 

With this in mind, there are ways to prevent such an occurrence from happening by cluing into several signs that indicate calling a professional prior to system failure. 

Noisy furnace operation: Most furnaces do not operate totally quiet, however, if the noise levels of your furnace grow louder and louder - it is certainly worth a closer look. A common reason for noisy furnace operation is a partially broken or cracked belt that is still functioning but may completely break at any time. 

The need to increase the temperature setting often: It is normal to have to increase the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees during extreme cold weather. However, if you have to continue adjusting the setting on your thermostat higher and higher - it’s time to take a closer look at your heating system. The problem may stem from a number of different sources, including the thermostat itself, the furnace and/or the ducts.

Rapid furnace cycling: Rapid cycling is said to occur when a furnace fires on and off quickly (wasting money). If you notice a change in how your furnace operates, particularly how long your furnace will run before stopping, a problem may have developed with the thermostat, wiring or the ignition system. 

Changes in utility costs: It’s a good idea to keep tabs on your monthly energy bills and notice any changes in cost over several months. If there has been a steady increase without any changes in rates, it is likely a good indicator of an underlying issue with your HVAC system. 

Furthermore, it should be noted that regular maintenance on your HVAC system is extremely important as it will help prevent HVAC emergencies.You wouldn’t buy a brand-new car and expect to never have to put air in the tires, change the oil and check out any unusual noises, would you? In the same way that an automobile requires periodic maintenance for optimal performance, a home comfort system should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.

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