Keeping your furnace in good working order is important to maximize its lifespan and maintain your indoor comfort, and safety.
But after working hard in the cold months and staying unused for a few months, a furnace is prone to damage and if left unchecked, can lead to a breakdown.
To help you keep your furnace in good shape, we’ve listed the top five signs that signal your unit needs a professional fix.
1. Strong Furnace Smells
Some smells are normal like the new system odor that occurs due to the inner protective oil coating on its first use or firing it up after keeping it dormant in the warm months. The odor in both scenarios dissipates within a day.
The odors that should raise your concern are:
- A rotten eggs smell – it could be a sign of a gas leak. Gas companies add a substance to natural gas to help people easily spot a leak. If the smell is around the furnace, turn it off, evacuate the property, and call your HVAC expert for professional assessment.
- A plastic or rubber-burning smell – in this case, your furnace could be malfunctioning and if left unchecked, the unit could overheat, burning its plastic or electrical components and can result in a fire.
- A burning oil smell – often indicates an oil filter, gas leak, or oil burner issues.
If you identify a smell that doesn’t go away, you need to turn the unit off and call a HVAC professional for proper diagnostics and the necessary repairs.
2. Difficulty Starting the Unit
If you are having difficulties turning on your furnace or you keep restarting it several times a day, then your unit may need professional repairs. Some of the problems that can cause functionality issues include damaged thermostats, dirty filters, and disconnected wiring all of which can be resolved through quick repairs.
3. Persistent Noises
A normal furnace produces a whirring sound which is a good sign that it’s in proper working order. But if you hear strange and persistent sounds such as rattling, banging, screeching, groans, and whistling, then it could indicate that there is a problem that requires professional assessment.
4. Poor Air Quality
Your furnace has a direct impact on the indoor air quality in your home. A poorly maintained system circulates dust, dirt, pet dander, and bacteria in your home through the heated air. If you’ve noticed a spike in allergy, cold, and cough flare-ups or your air is too dry or too moist, you need professional furnace repairs.
5. High Utility Bills
A sudden or gradual increase in your utility bill that you can’t account for may be a sign that your furnace is running inefficiently due to an underlying problem. A furnace expert can identify the issue and complete the repair required.
Contact Luxury Heating and Air for Reliable Furnace Repair Services
When your furnace faces an issue, call Luxury Heating and Air. We have over 20 years of experience in offering fast and lasting furnace repair services for any furnace size, brand, and model. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.