The Ol’ Fritz ‘n’ Fix

There’s never a good time to find out your furnace is on its way out. However, there are worse times to realize you have furnace problems, like when the first or second snow rolls in and you’re shuffling about your house, draped in each and every blanket you can find. This isn’t a particularly nice time, especially when the temperatures in and around Lee’s Summit drop well below freezing. But, before you find yourself sitting inside your house-turned-igloo, shivering with your loved ones, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re aren’t starring in this less-than-ideal scene. We know you’re chomping at the bit to find out, so let’s get into it. Take a peek below for some tips on finding problems before they start and to make sure you’re ready for furnace repair when you need it.

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Sign Number Five: Higher-Than-Usual Heating Bills

The caveat to this first tell-tale sign is that it can be heard to get a solid estimate on your heating bills when you haven’t received one for six or seven months. Moreover, these prices can fluctuate depending on the temperature, your source for operating your furnace (gas, propane, oil, solar), and how often you’re running your furnace. This can be especially difficult to pinpoint if your house is older, or situation in an area that receives lots of wind and/or little or no direct sunlight during the winter months. Still, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your utility bills during the winter months. Even if you know you’ve been running your furnace more often, you’ll likely notice if there are spikes. If you’re noticing this, give the ‘Pros a call ASAP so we can get some eyes on your furnace.

Sign Number Four: Strange Noises

Not all things that go bump in the night are monsters or boogie men — only sometimes. But if you’re hearing strange, loud noises coming from your furnace, it’s likely that it’s more than just your furnace getting settled into being active once again. It’s perfectly normal to hear some signs of activity coming from your furnace, but if you’re hearing any bangs, squeaks, pops, hisses, bangs or other onomatopoeia, there’s a good chance your furnace is on its way out. The sounds could be coming from a number of parts or a single component that’s on its last leg. When this is the case, it’s best to get in touch with Comfort Pros as soon as possible. It could be that just one part is loose and needs a tightening or replacement. However, if left untreated, this failing part could cause more than just annoying sounds.

Sign Number Three: The Wrong Color

There are seemingly endless entities out there that make a living telling us which colors go best with other colors, or which colors are better than other for X occasion. While we may not be the most fashion-conscious company out there, we do have a particular affinity for blue — blue flames, that is. When the pilot light on your furnace is blazing, it should be burning bright blue. You’re looking for a blue flame that, while dancing, doesn’t flicker or burn out; a bright blue flame is a good sign that your furnace is working correctly. However, if this blue flame is flickering or has turned any shade of yellow, call the ‘Pros ASAP. This is a sign that your pilot light is not getting the fuel it needs. Moreover, this could be a sign of carbon monoxide overproduction. Carbon monoxide can cause serious illness and even death if too much of the stuff is emitted and inhaled. Don’t leave this to chance; stay safe and get your furnace fixed.

Sign Number Two: Trouble Staying Lit

We all have trouble performing our roles and tasks sometimes, as it’s only natural. The same can be said of your furnace. It only has one job, but believe us, they are just as temperamental as we can be. For seemingly no reason at all, your furnace simply stops. This can be a maddening sight, especially if you’re still not warmed from its latest round of pumping out warm air. There could be a number of issues, ranging from the small and simple to the large and labor-intensive repair services. Some of the most common culprits include wiring issues or thermostat problems. Generally, these are easy fixes. However, there could be other underlying causes that can only be remedied through involved furnace repair services.

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Sign Number One: The Age of Your Furnace

There comes a time when even the things most near and dear to us must pass. The same applies to our furnaces. While they’ve (hopefully) served us well during their tenure as one of our homes’ most important pieces of machinery, they eventually go the way of the buffalo. When properly cared for, our furnaces can give us anywhere from ten to fifteen years of bone-thawing service. Even if your furnace has served you well for twenty years, its efficiency is dwarfed by new and improved models that not only perform better, but save you money on repair and upkeep. Lucky for you, Comfort Pros is proud to offer numerous top-of-the-line furnaces to replace your old one. If you feel your furnace is simply nearing the end of its run, give Comfort Pros a call or shoot us an email to schedule your furnace repair today.