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Signs That You Should Repair Your Furnace

With record breaking cold months on the horizon, you need to make certain that your furnace is in proper working order before the winter fully sets in. If you can’t remember the last time that you had maintenance performed, then the need to conduct repairs becomes even more potentially dire, and you could find yourself facing the need for emergency repair services during the coldest time of year. However, if you pay attention to your furnace, you can keep an eye out for any warning signs and get repairs before the worst happens.

Here are a things that you should keep in mind and look out for with your furnace, to ensure that you will be keeping warm this winter:

  1. Adjusting the Thermostat: If you find yourself having to adjust the thermostat too often, that might mean that your furnace is doing a poor job of regulating the temperature in your home. If your furnace isn’t keeping up with the demand, you’ll keep turning the thermostat up without any real results seen. If your furnace isn’t properly circulating air throughout your home, you won’t be getting the heating that you need.
  2. Recent Repairs: If you have had recent repairs conducted on your furnace, you need to pay close attention to any warning signs. In the case of a break down in the past 2 years, repairs sometimes offer short-time solutions, and any system that has broken down in the past becomes particularly high risk. Consider having maintenance and repairs performed if you’ve had to have any repairs performed in the past 1 or 2 years.
  3. Yellow Burner Flame: The color of your pilot light is a great indicator as to how well your furnace is functioning. A blue light is what you want, but a yellow light may mean that there’s too much carbon monoxide present. You will want to get this issue fixed by a professional quickly.
  4. Condensation: Condensation on your windows, walls, and other surfaces might mean that your furnace isn’t functioning properly and may also suggest issues with carbon monoxide. Rust on vent pipes is also another sign of this issue.
  5. Air Quality: A decrease in air quality generally means poor circulation or mold building up in your furnace. IF it isn’t doing its job properly, you and your family might just find yourselves getting sick. To maintain proper air quality in your home, you need your furnace functioning as intended.
  6. Energy Bills: If you’ve noticed an increase in your gas and electricity bills, this is a sure sign that there could be something wrong with your furnace. If your furnace is having to struggle to meet the demands of your home, then it isn’t performing as needed, and you could find yourself on the verge of it failing all-together.
  7. Noises: A noisy furnace is often a sign that something is going wrong. Furnaces do not run quietly, but banging, groaning, clanging, and other loud noises can emanate from them when something has gone terribly wrong. If there is an issue with one of the belts, ignition problems, or a failing component, these can all lead to this noisy sign.
  8. An Older Furnace: If your furnace is more than 20 years old, you need to pay close attention to its state and any other warning signs. An older furnace is much more prone to failure, and more likely to end up needing emergency repairs. Consider having maintenance and repairs conducted on a furnace this old, or taking the steps to have it replaced.

Emergency furnace repairs are something that no home owner wants to deal with, neither is replacing a furnace. However, much of this can be prevented if you watch for the warning signs and have repairs conducted before a problem becomes too serious. With the help of the professional furnace repair contractors at Unlimited Air Conditioning & Heating, you will be able to keep your furnace running great all winter long.

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