9 Signs Your Furnace Needs Maintenance
It’s the middle of February in Lufkin, TX, suddenly you wake up and your home is freezing cold. You stumble out of bed and find that the thermostat reads 58 degrees. This situation could have been avoided with regular furnace maintenance. Often, homeowners skip the annual furnace maintenance inspection and then regret it when something goes wrong. Below are some signs to look for to indicate your furnace may need maintenance.
1) No heat—the most obvious sign that something is going wrong. Call an HVAC professional for a thorough inspection to diagnose and repair the furnace.
2) Unexpected rise in your energy bill—your heating system is probably not working at peak efficiency. Furnace maintenance can help your system become more efficient.
3) Your furnace has a strange odor—you should expect a faint odor of burnt fuel, but if it is overwhelming, smells like unburnt gas or rotten eggs, or is stronger in the rooms closer to the unit, you need maintenance.
4) Loud noises—you should expect some noises from your furnace, but loud banging noises generally indicate that the blower motor is in need of repair.
5) Carbon monoxide detector sounds the alarm—the furnace is probably not burning fuel completely. If this happens, turn off the furnace and all gas appliances, open the windows, and summon the fire department. Once your home is cleared to enter, have your furnace repaired by an HVAC professional.
6) The pilot light is orange or yellow—the pilot light’s flame should burn blue, if you notice that it is orange or yellow, your furnace needs maintenance.
7) Your furnace is aging—furnace maintenance is more important the older your furnace gets. A furnace that is 10-15 years old, should have regular (yearly) maintenance.
8) The furnace needs frequent repairs—if you feel like you just had the furnace repaired and it turns out it was less than two years ago, this is sign your furnace needs yearly inspections and maintenance.
9) The furnace turns off and on a lot—this could indicate faulty wiring, a fan motor that needs to be fixed, or a malfunctioning thermostat.
Regular furnace maintenance not only helps your furnace run more efficiently, it also provides your home with improved air flow and better indoor air quality. If it’s been more than a year since you last scheduled furnace maintenance, make an appointment with your HVAC professional in Lufkin, TX as soon as possible.