Since the US is just getting out of the hot summer months, few people are thinking about making sure that they're warm this winter. Unfortunately, if you wait until it gets cold to find out that there's a problem with your furnace, you'll end up behind a long line of people that are also needing their units repaired, which can cost time, money, and comfort for you and your entire family.
That's why this article lists a few things you can look out for when it starts to get cold to determine if you need to schedule heating repair. If you see any of them in your home, call a company that handles residential heating services to have your home looked at as soon as possible.
High Energy Bills
Once the temperatures start to drop and you receive your first utility bill, pull out your energy statements from around this time last year and compare the two side by side. Historically, the numbers should be relatively the same; if they're not, that means your furnace might be working extra hard to heat your home this winter and could fail entirely. It's better to have it looked at and find out there's not a problem then to delay in scheduling a heating repair service and find out you've got a major issue on your hands.
Weird Smells and Sounds
Once you fire up your furnace for the first time, you may notice a dusty smell permeate throughout your house. That's normal; since the furnace has most likely been sitting an entire year, it most likely has sediment that is built up on the blades. If you continue to smell a faint burning or mildewy smell though, you could have a furnace that is either overheating or has somehow been damaged by water. Find a company that handles residential heating services and have them take a look at it.
Unit Not Providing Heat
If you turn your heater on and go to bed, only to wake up in the middle of the night with your house well below the desired temperature, there's something wrong with your unit. Though you may feel warm air coming out of the vents, you could have a problem with your limit switch — which regulates the furnace's temperature — or you could have a pinched connection somewhere. Alternatively, you could have a furnace that has gone out completely, in which case, you'll need to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Reach out to a professional who provides heating repair to learn more.