In the middle of winter, the last thing you or your family needs is furnace downtime. Because of this, it’s important for you to be able to quickly identify the signs of trouble in your home’s furnace, so you can have it repaired as soon as possible and keep the winter chill out of your home.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to tell when there’s something wrong with your furnace — you just need to know the warning signs.
To know if and when you should get a furnace repair service performed, look for these three indicators that there may be a problem with your furnace:
Your furnace is making strange noises — and it’s noticeable
Few furnaces function without making some amount of sound; however, you’ll be able to tell when these sounds become abornmal. Groaning, banging, clanging and whining noises are all signs of concern that should be addressed immediately with a furnace repair service. These sounds likely mean the furnace has a loose belt, an ignition problem or a mechanical part that’s on the verge of failure.
Your utility bills are through the roof
If you’ve noticed a significant increase in your home’s heating bills lately, it means your furnace is working too hard to heat your home. Inefficient furnaces could have a number of different problems; it’s best to consult a professional to figure out the root of the problem.
Your furnace is leaking water
Have you noticed water leaking from your furnace? If so, it could mean you have a condensation leak — however, these only occur in high-efficiency furnaces. If your furnace is older, a leak might indicate an improperly-sized flue pipe. In either case, you’ll want to have the problem fixed. Water leaks can cause significant damage to your home’s walls and flooring, and can contribute to mold growth — something no one wants.
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