Winter is here and everyone likes a warm house in the winter. The furnace is what keeps it warm, working each day to provide heat for your family. Yet, like all appliances, they break down. This can be especially troubling if your house’s temperature plummets and you’re left in the cold. There are significant indicators that your home might just need an emergency furnace repair. Here is a list of a few of those signs.
Higher Heating Bills
Has your gas or electric bills skyrocketed? Even more so than what you usually pay? This may be a sign that the furnace isn’t working, or at least working harder than it should. While it may be an indicator of the changing price of the fuel, it can also mean that the furnace is working harder than it should be. Check the furnace for other indicators if this is the case, as you obviously don’t want to pay more than you should.
It’s okay if your furnace is making a little noise every once in a long while, as that means it’s running. But if it starts making odd banging, screeching, grinding, popping, rattling noises, along with some other out of place noises, then it’s time to get that furnace repaired.
Sometimes, when the furnace isn’t working, it can leave a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, a definite killer if you’re not careful. Check the furnace to see if the pilot light is blue. Usually, yellow lights mean that carbon monoxide is present, which is a serious issue and a sign that it needs to be fixed immediately. Other indicators that you have a gas problem include streaks of soot on the furnace; excessive moisture on the windows, walls, and cold surfaces; excessive rusting; water leaking; and no upward draft in the chimney.
Other gases can also come from the furnace. If you smell something terrible, like rotten eggs, immediately get out of the house and call the fire department and an emergency furnace repair company. The same thing goes for if you find signs that carbon monoxide is in the house, especially if carbon monoxide is in the house.
Obviously, a broken furnace isn’t good at heating. If your house is unusually cold and the thermostat isn’t working, it means your furnace needs to be repaired. Cycling, when the furnace is turning on and off over and over again, is another indicator. There is also the furnace having a hard time turning on, mismatch in temperatures in several different rooms, temperature fluctuation, and ice spots anywhere within the house.
Dust and Stuffiness
Usually, your house continuously takes in air from the outside, filters it, then comes into your house to heat it. Is the air stale? Does it seem stuffier in the house? That may be a sign that either the filters aren’t doing their job or the furnace isn’t working. Excessive dust, like when dust poofs out of a vent, is also another indicator and should be taken seriously. If someone has allergies or asthma, it can cause serious health problems that need to be addressed, so get an emergency furnace repair company.
Furnaces tend to live ten to 20 years. Check to see how old your furnace is by looking at its label. If it’s nearing that ten-year mark, it may be best to prepare for any breaks in the system. Age is a common cause of furnace problems in general. The older it gets, the more problems there are and the more repairs are needed.
It All Adds Up
If you find any of the signs above, call your local heating repair company for an emergency furnace repair. They’ll get right to the heart of the problem and make sure your furnace is back to working condition. Or you can possibly by a new furnace if the old one isn’t working, but that’s more expensive. Still, sometimes you would need a new furnace due to the problems your current furnace has.