The colder it gets outside, the more important it becomes to be warmer inside. It’s the job of your furnace to keep you cozy and comfortable during the chillier months, but, as with any appliance, it’ll require attention and, at times, repair.
Here are five signs your furnace may need to be looked at, fixed, or replaced soon.
1. Burn flame color
If you’re utilizing a natural-gas power furnace, check out the flame powering your system. If it’s aggressively yellow, you likely have a dirty burner, which means the gas isn’t burning off completely. This is a problem because your furnace is probably overworking itself and it could be a sign that the carbon monoxide being produced by your heating system isn’t probably being vented.
2. Starting and stopping
Your furnace isn’t meant to frequently turn on and off. If it is, there’s likely something wrong that isn’t letting your furnace complete a full heating cycle. There are many reasons why this could be happening, including the fan motor is dying or that the heat sensor is simply dirty. Whatever the case may be, it’s best to bring in a professional to complete a proper diagnosis.
3. Old Age
The majority of furnace issues can be fixed. One that can’t be, however, is a system’s age. Most furnaces have up to a 20-year lifespan. Even the most reliable furnaces eventually lose their ability to properly function.
Have you ever found yourself messing with your thermostat and asking yourself, “What’s going on with my furnace?” Well, although there could very well be something wrong with your physical furnace, your thermostat could also be faulty equipment itself. Rather than stressing over a furnace that may actually be performing at a high level, have a trained technician also look at your thermostat.
5. Unnatural smells
When working well, furnaces get rid of noxious gases efficiently, taking any unique smells with them. However, if you’re noticing any abnormal smells coming from or originating around your furnace, there’s a problem. You may have a gas leak or there may be an excessive amount of dust inside the unit. Either way, we suggest seeking immediate help from a professional.
Trust the talented Arellano Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning team to keep you both warm and safe this winter season.