Are you concerned that your furnace could break down at any time? Well, if you don’t know the signs that it’s in need of repair, this theoretically could happen. It’s never fun to pay for a heating system repair, but it’s even more inconvenient to have a completely broken down heater in the middle of one of the coldest nights of the year, right?
Experts, including our own technicians, will tell you that it’s best to hop on those repair needs as soon as you discover you need them to avoid an emergency later, like a complete system failure. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that your furnace is in need of help from our pros.
You Hear Strange Noises Coming from the Heating System
Sometimes, what makes it so hard to detect problems with your heating system is that it can be really easy to ignore subtle signs. One potentially subtle sign is a noise coming from the cabinet of your furnace. If it’s not loud, it’s not a problem right?
Well, not quite. It can actually be a really major issue. A buzzing sound, for example, may indicate you have an electrical problem that could lead to a fire hazard. A hissing noise could be leaking carbon monoxide coming out of a cracked heat exchanger. Not only are these terrible problems for the furnace itself, but they put your safety in jeopardy.
You Spend Too Much on Your Heating Bills
We get it, this one might be a little subjective. Don’t we all wish we could pay a lot less on our heating bills? But what we want you to consider here is how much you’re paying in comparison to what you paid this same time last year, or what you’re paying in comparison to your neighbors. If it’s considerably higher, then it’s a sign that something is causing your system to work inefficiently, and it needs to be taken care of right away.
Your Thermostat Settings Don’t Seem to Matter
Does it seem like no matter how high you turn up the thermostat you “just can’t get warm”? This is of course a problem. And this problem may have nothing to do with your thermostat. Something is likely causing your furnace to run nonstop trying to meet your preferred setting, but something is causing it not to be able to.
As this occurs, your heating system wears down faster and will succumb to age and corrosion faster.
The Pilot Light Is Yellow
Many homeowners think that this is the color the pilot light flame of their furnace is supposed to be, but that’s not the case. The light at the burner should always be blue. If this isn’t the case, it’s a sign that there are substances present on the burners that are interfering with the operation and safety of the system, like rust.