Find out if Your Furnace Needs Repairing
Home maintenance is important, but there’s one part of the home that always seems to be neglected: Furnace
Gas heaters, furnaces, and HVAC systems always get the short end of the maintenance stick. Most people don’t think about their heaters until there’s something wrong with them or it’s time to replace them all together.
You aren’t expected to become an HVAC expert the moment you sign your mortgage, but there are some unmistakable signs that your furnace needs to be repaired.
Your heating bill keeps increasing
You’re used to a slight rate increase as the years go on, but it seems like the numbers on your heating bill keep climbing.
You may not be experiencing a regular rate increase! Your monthly bill increases could be a sign that your gas heater is starting to have problems.
Take a good look at the usage section of your gas bill. If you notice that you’re burning more than usual, you need to have your unit checked out.
Your gas heater is very noisy
Heaters aren’t going to be 100% silent when they’re working, yet should be relatively quiet when operating. A few small clicks are to be expected when it’s first turning on or adjusting.
The trouble comes when you can start to notice noise all of the time.
Squeaks, bangs, pops, and hisses aren’t normal sounds, especially if you continually hear them.
Another sure sign of a heater issue is if you constantly hear the blower fan. If you hear a constant whooshing sound or the sound of a fan being kicked on or off, you should call a repairman.
Your home isn’t evenly heated
You know that certain areas of your home are going to feel a bit different in terms of temperature. Sunny places are going to be a little warmer, and some areas near windows and doors may be a little cooler.
You’re used to slightly hot and cold spots, but all of the sudden it seems like entire rooms are icy cold or burning hot.
Uneven heating is a sure sign that your gas heater needs to be repaired. It could be unevenly distributing heat, burning through gas far too quickly or slowly, or even be slowing down with age.
This is usually a sign of poorly designed ductwork and not a sign of malfunctioning furnace. However new furnace units are more powerful and should distribute more air through the vents.
Your home air quality is bad
Do you feel like the air in your house is stale? Does your skin dry out in the winter and summer? Are your allergies or asthma aggravated as soon as you walk inside?
Some people will attribute poor air quality to dirty HVAC filters and environmental issues they can’t control, but sometimes the problem can be your furnace.
As furnaces age and accumulate particulate matter, sometimes even the heartiest filters can’t get rid of dust and debris.
If you’ve replaced your filters and have given your ducts a good cleaning, the time may come for you to replace the system completely.
Your thermostat stops working
It seems like it doesn’t matter how high you raise the temperature, your house is always cold.
The issue may not be with the thermostat itself, but with the heater you’re using.
If the temperature in your house stays the same regardless of how much you touch the thermostat, call a gas heater repairman.
Do you still have some questions about heaters and HVAC needs? Contact us so we can chat!