While winter has certainly brought some surprises this year, especially to our neighbors in the south, the season is almost officially over. And when it does end, we don’t need to think about our heaters again for six more months, right?!
Well, not quite. If you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, then you are very well aware of how variable our weather can be. Heatwaves come just as much as unseasonable cold snaps. As such, you need your furnace to always be in good shape. If it has repair needs now, you shouldn’t ignore them—that could leave you with a malfunctioning heater or a completely broken down one next time you need it.
Also, ignoring certain furnace problems—such as a problem with your ductwork or thermostat—can impact your air conditioner too, then what does that leave you with? Expensive energy bills and decreased comfort, that’s what.
Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need repairs for your furnace sooner rather than later.
If you’re using a furnace to heat your home, you’re going to hear some noise coming from it. Loud and ongoing noises should not be ignored, though. This can include clicking as the furnace cycles off, rattling, screeching, clanging, or hissing. Each of these indicate problems of varying severity.
At the beginning of the heating season, it’s natural to detect a faint burning odor. This happens because the dust that settled on the coils and burners over summer have to burn off once you start using your heating system again. This odor should dissipate after a few days, at the most. If you’re detecting a burning odor now, this late into the winter season, then you could have a serious problem on your hands that requires professional repair.
A Lack of Warm Air
This is, of course, a very frustrating problem to have with your heater—it has one job, right? There are a couple possible reasons for this issue. The best thing you can do to get your heater back on track is to call our professionals right away.
Higher-Than-Average Utility Bills
Your energy bills are going to fluctuate throughout the year—this is a given. But what you shouldn’t see is your utility bills doubling or tripling what they were this same time last year, or being that much higher than what your neighbors are paying for similar heater use. If your energy bills are higher than normal, it’s a sign that something is causing your heater to work inefficiently, and that needs to be checked out.
You Didn’t Have Maintenance This Year
Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. This helps your heater work efficiently and effectively throughout the years. If you skipped maintenance this past fall, then it’s a good idea to schedule it now—otherwise you’ll have no way of knowing if your furnace needs service to keep performing at its best.