Winter has arrived, and now it is a good time to have a check with your home furnace. You need your home furnace during this time to keep your home warm. And no one wants their home furnace to get damaged during these cold days. You can conduct a maintenance check of your home furnace on your own, or you can call a plumber and get the inspection done by them. While inspecting the home furnace, there are some signs that you should look out for.
1) The Age
A home furnace has a life expectancy of fifteen to twenty years. Before the furnace reaches the age of fifteen years, you should take its effective care. Once the furnace reaches the age of 15 to 20 years, keep an eye on any abnormal function, sound or smell. If anything such happens, call a plumber for inspection, they will tell you how much longer the furnace will last.
2) Feel Cold Air
If your home furnace is not heating the house properly, then it’s probably a sign of some failure with the furnace. Most of the time, it is the blower fan in the motor that malfunctions. This can create some cold spots in the house. If the furnace is not blowing the air at all, then it could be an issue with heat exchanger or pilot light, that only professionals can see if it’s possible to fix.
3) Strange Noises
The HVAC system in your home usually makes noise. You may not hear it because the system may be new. Or the HVAC system is at a place in the house from where you are not able to hear the sounds. But if you hear some unusual pops or squeak sounds, then probably something would have come loose in the unit. The HVAC system would need a repair or replacement of the part.
4) Increased Heat Bill
If you see fast growth in your utility bills, then you should consider replacing your home furnace. This can be the sign that the furnace will last only a few more days. Over the years, home furnace loses its efficiency and it takes more time to heat the house, using more energy.
5) Yellow Pilot Light
If you are using a natural gas furnace, then go and check with the pilot light. If the pilot light is yellow, then your furnace would be leaking carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas. When you notice yellow pilot light, rust, excessive condensation or a bad smell, then immediately shut off the HVAC systems, and call a technician.
If you notice any of these signs in your home furnace, then you should probably call us. Our experts will inspect and tell if your systems need repair or replacement. To have a thorough maintenance check of your furnace and plumbing emergency, call for our services today.