As we enter a new year, the harshest part of winter for many people is still to come. This means it is important that you ensure that your furnace is working properly now so that it does not stop working when you need it most. Many homeowners, however, do not know that signs that can indicate that their furnace is in need of repair. Here are a few of the most common signs that can indicate that you may be in need of furnace repair.
Turning up the Heat Doesn’t Work
A common indicator that your system may be in need of repair is if you are constantly having to turn up the heat. When a furnace is running properly, turning it up a couple of degrees will warm your house up. However, when there is something wrong, such as a faulty thermostat or a problem with the computer module, you may find that no matter how much you turn up the heat you are still not warm. This can be a strong indicator that your furnace needs repairs.
Your Furnace Makes Strange Noises
While furnaces will make a certain amount of noise when running, they should not make an excessive amount of loud, strange noises. If your furnace is making groaning, banging, whining, or clanging noises, then it is likely that some component in your furnace has or is about to fail. It is thusly important to have it repaired before your system stops working altogether.
Your Furnace Has a Hard Time Starting
It is not uncommon for older furnaces to have a hard time getting started. When this happens, homeowners will immediately assume that their furnace needs replacement; however, this is not always the case. It may simply be that the pilot burner, fan motor, or wiring/controls need replacement. Contacting a furnace repair specialist can help you to determine whether your furnace is in need of repair or replacement.
Furnaces need periodic maintenance in order to ensure that they run properly. However, while the signs above can be obvious indicators that your furnace is in need of repair, more subtle signs can also point toward something being wrong. Thusly, it is always advisable that you have your furnace inspected and repaired each winter.