Because we live in such a warm climate, a broken down heater may not elicit the same level concern as a broken down air conditioning system. As anyone that has lived here for a while can tell you, though, even our arid climate is not immune to the chill of winter. If your furnace needs repairs, then you definitely want to have them completed promptly.
Of course, in order to do so, you must ensure that you are able to recognize the signs of trouble that your furnace may exhibit. Here are a few tips to help you do so. Contact us the moment that you notice any of these issues in your home.
Now, a furnace is a forced air heating system. A forced air heater is not going to operate completely silently. There is a big difference between normal operating sounds, however, and alarming new noises.
A gentle whoosh as the system cycles on and starts distributing air is normal. Screeching, clanging, banging, or grinding sounds are not. Don’t ignore them just because the heater is still running – for now.
When you run your furnace, you shouldn’t smell burning. It is very possible that you’ll smell a bit of burning when you first turn the furnace on for the season, as dust may be built up on the burners or electric heating elements. However, it should go away quickly.
If you continue to smell burning, or if you ever smell gas, schedule repairs immediately. You cannot put your comfort at risk by ignoring such problems. Dial our number when your nose puts you on alert.
Are your heating bills creeping higher and higher? You will see some fluctuation, obviously, based on how much you run your heater. However, you shouldn’t see big spikes with no clear cause.
If your bills seem like they’re getting a bit out of hand, just let us know. Your system may be getting old enough that efficiency is just starting to slip. It may be the result of a problem with a solution, though.