Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes, with forced air heat from furnaces being especially popular. While Climate Care advocates a preventive approach through furnace maintenance, we’re aware that things can still go wrong. And if they do, it helps to have an experienced furnace repair company in your corner!
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Signs of Common Furnace Problems
It’s not just home heating that comes in all shapes and sizes. So do furnace problems. If you’re noticing any of these warning signs, don’t wait — call us right away before a small issue becomes a big, expensive problem.
Climbing Utility Bills
We know, it’s not like your utility bills have gotten any less expensive. But if you’re seeing a spike that you can’t explain by a rate increase, it could be because your furnace isn’t operating as efficiently as it should. We can troubleshoot and solve the problem.
Unusual Noises and Smells
Every furnace has a characteristic sound, and every home has its characteristic scent. So when things start sounding or smelling different than they used to — a major racket when the heat comes on, or an odd electrical smell — that’s often a sign that something is acting up. A word of caution: if you notice a rotten egg smell, get out immediately; the phone call to Climate Care can wait until you’ve gotten to safety.
A gas furnace uses a burner that burns natural gas. Its flame should be blue. If it’s any other colour, that’s a sign that your furnace either isn’t burning fuel as efficiently as it should or that the burner needs cleaning. Don’t neglect this, since it’s frequently a precursor to a carbon monoxide leak.
Your heater, like your central air, can develop a problem with short-cycling, where the unit powers up and runs for a short period of time, powers down then start up again soon after. More than an annoyance, this is costing you money and putting a strain on your furnace. The thermostat is often the culprit, and we can help you with a new one (especially smart thermostats that save money and integrate into smart homes).
Air Quality Issues
Sometimes we forget to change the air filter, causing the furnace to work harder than it should and degrading air quality. But if you’re changing the filter frequently and things still don’t seem to improve, it could be a buildup of contaminants — ranging from dust to mould and mildew — in your ductwork. Eventually, this will cut into furnace efficiency, and will probably cause you respiratory distress or illness besides, so take advantage of our indoor air quality services.
Other Furnace Problems
These are just the tip of the iceberg since there’s plenty more that can go wrong with your furnace. Maybe your home is too cold or too hot no matter how you set your thermostat. Maybe there’s no heat at all. And sometimes it can seem like one room is always warmer or cooler than the rest. Sometimes these problems aren’t even caused by your furnace but have other sources like a draft, insulation, or the design of your heating system. If you’re ever not sure, we’re happy to help you pinpoint and solve the problem.
Repair or Replace Your Furnace?
This can be a tricky question. If you’re diligent about maintaining your furnace, it’s actually easier than you’d think to keep it running long past its expected fifteen-year service life. That doesn’t mean you should. Over time, even a well-maintained furnace needs repairs, and after a while, the cost of those repairs begins to approach that of a new furnace. It’s also worth bearing in mind that furnace design improves year after year, so you’ll save on operating costs with a more efficient modern furnace than you’re spending on an older model, all else being equal.
If you’re not sure whether to replace now or repair and get one more season out of your old furnace, call us for a checkup and an objective opinion. Bear in mind that besides the long-term savings in efficiency, many more-efficient systems may qualify for rebates and other tax credits.
Of course, a home heating system is a major investment. So it pays to protect your investment with timely maintenance. Like anything else that’s mechanical, the components of a furnace need to be cleaned, lubed, and adjusted from time to time, and while we’re there we’ll be checking for signs of trouble. Our furnace maintenance program ensures you get many years of worry-free service from your home heating system!
How to Reach a Norwalk, CT HVAC Pro
For more than a decade, homeowners in Norwalk and Nearby areas have trusted Climate Care for the full range of their HVAC needs, including installations and maintenance, repairs, air quality solutions, and more. We’re here when you need us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — including holidays — so get in touch today!