Is your furnace the same system that was in place when you moved in more than thirty years ago? Well, congratulations for having a furnace survive for so long! We’re going to assume you did an excellent job with upkeep and regular servicing. However, if it’s been a bit more finicky than usual lately, it might finally be time to consider replacing that stalwart home heating system.
Most people don’t know a ton about their furnace beyond how frequently to change out the filter and how to relight the pilot light when it goes out. If you’re among the furnace novices out there, not to worry! Here are some of the most common signs it’s time to get your furnace checked out according to the team at Comfort Pros Heating & Cooling.
It’s Been A While Since Your Furnace Was Serviced
Do you actually remember the last time your furnace was serviced? If not, it’s probably about that time. While your furnace may continue running for a time, annual furnace servicing will help find any small issues before they become big ones. You can probably handle replacing the filter on your own, but if not, your local furnace repair company can help you out. At the very least, you should have your furnace serviced annually. Autumn, before it kicks on for the first time, is a good time to schedule that.
You Smell Gas
This is a big, flashing, neon warning sign that something has gone wrong. If you smell gas, turn off your furnace, then find your gas supply valve and turn that off as well. Avoid lighting matches or turning on lights — generally, treat it with the same caution you would use with gas leaking from an unlit burner on your stove. At no point should your furnace smell like gas, so if it does, it’s a sign that something is wrong. After you’ve turned off your furnace and gas valve, however, it doesn’t hurt to do a check of other gas-fueled things around the house like your stove or a propane grill. You may want to open a few windows and let the accumulated gas dissipate. If it is your furnace and not your stove, call your local HVAC repair technician before trying to run your furnace.
There’s A Puddle Under Your Furnace
Generally speaking, your furnace shouldn’t leak anything, gas or water. So, if you see a puddle of water collecting under your furnace, that’s not a great sign. It’s not as bad as a gas leak, but it does mean your furnace isn’t operating optimally — and will need to be checked out by a professional if you want your furnace to continue providing heat to your home. Water leaks are generally a sign of a clogged line, which is something for an HVAC repair technician to handle.
You Keep Hearing Weird Noises
No, it’s not a ghoul in the attic banging on the pipes. If you hear noises coming from your furnace, it’s time to get it checked out. Your HVAC system may emit the slightest hum or blowing sound as it pushes air throughout your house, but anything beyond that is typically a sign of disrepair. Don’t just let the noises continue, either. It’s like your car; the noises won’t just go away on their own, and the problem is likely to get worse (and more costly) the longer it goes on.
Your Home Isn’t Warm
There are a couple of different reasons this can happen and they all relate, in some way, to your HVAC system. It could be an issue with the fans or a leak in the ductwork, but if heat isn’t making it throughout your home and it was before, something isn’t right. Likewise, if you have to keep cranking your thermostat higher and you can’t feel it getting warmer, it’s time to get professional HVAC help.
It Keeps Cycling
If your furnace keeps turning off and on in quick succession, it’s working too hard — which isn’t a great sign. It could be something smaller, like a clogged filter, or it could be problems with the connection to your thermostat. If you want to be sure your home is heated well throughout the winter without a huge bump in heating costs, it’s time to let the professionals take a look.
Whatever is going on with your furnace, we can help! Contact Comfort Pros Heating & Cooling for furnace repair and other HVAC help in Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas.