Are you constantly worried that your heating system will fail? This isn’t likely to happen unless you haven’t had your system professionally maintained.
First and foremost, routine maintenance is the most effective strategy to avoid costly repairs. Professional tune-ups are recommended every year, whether you have an electric or gas-powered furnace. This ensures that your system runs as efficiently and effectively as possible, and it can even prevent up to 85% of your system’s repair needs!
These Are The Signs You Need Heating Repair.
Abnormal Furnace Smells
While furnaces can have a strong odor when originally installed, the intensity of the smell should decrease over time.
If, on the other hand, you detect a lingering odor or one that emerges out of nowhere and doesn’t go away, it’s time to have your furnace serviced. Strong odors coming from your exhaust system could indicate a problem with combustion. While carbon monoxide is undetectable, Aldehydes, a by-product of poor combustion, can be detected.
This should go without saying, but it’s worth mentioning: if you smell a gas leak, you should immediately contact an HVAC professional to address the issue.
It’s also a good idea to turn off the furnace at once because gas is extremely combustible, and even a single spark might cause serious damage to your property. Furthermore, you should leave the house until the leak is fixed (or until a professional determines that the furnace isn’t leaking).
Difficulty Starting The Unit
The older a furnace gets, the more service and maintenance it will require, just like anything else. You may eventually discover that turning the unit on and keeping it running is difficult.
If you’re having trouble starting your furnace or have to restart it numerous times a day, you should have a professional look at it.
Simple adjustments like unclean filters, interior AC coils, and auxiliary heat exchangers can solve a lot of these problems. It could also result from a clogged flame sensor, which causes the furnace to operate inefficiently. It’s important to detect problems early and have your furnace back up and running as soon as possible.
If your furnace isn’t maintaining a steady temperature, it’s probably time to have it serviced. If your furnace is working properly, you shouldn’t have any chilly or hot spots in your home. Instead, there should be consistent warmth.
One thing to keep in mind is that different regions of your home will naturally have varying temperatures (e.g., the basement may be cooler and the upstairs warmer, etc.) However, if you’re seeing drastically varying temperatures, your furnace may need to be repaired.
Energy Bills Increasing
If your energy cost increases month after month, it’s likely that your furnace is inefficient and needs to be fixed.
While you should anticipate your energy costs to change with the seasons if you notice abrupt or even slow, inexplicable increases, it could be an indication that your furnace isn’t working properly, and you’ll likely need a professional to inspect it.