Nobody wants to deal with unexpected heater repairs. But with a complex piece of machinery like your furnace, you also don’t want to ignore any signs that your furnace might be in disrepair. If it is, you’ll need a trusted and reputable heating contractor on your side. Fortunately, you have that with us!
We want to start by saying—the best way to fend off the worst of furnace repair needs is with routine maintenance. In fact, professional maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs a heater may ever need in its lifespan! This is because maintenance gives our technicians the opportunity to thoroughly inspect your system, clean it inside and out, and make adjustments as needed. It’s still important to know when your system might be having trouble, especially if you’re in between maintenance appointments.
Detecting Furnace Problems
A problem furnace won’t always show obvious signs of having an issue. It’s never a bad idea to have a professional take a look, even if you only suspect that it’s having issues.
This is because sometimes, there can be problems that haven’t become obvious yet. But when you know what subtle things to watch and listen for, you can keep your heater in good shape because you’ll know to give us a call right away! Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you have a problem.
When you turn your furnace on for the first time each winter, you may detect a faint burning smell—this is likely dust burning off of the vents and other interior components as the burners come up.
If this smell persists more than a few days, however, or if it becomes stronger and smells quite acrid, it’s time to give us a call. This can actually be a hazardous problem, indicating wires burning or potentially even a gas leak.
Pilot Light Issues
The pilot light of your gas-powered furnace is vital to its functionality. It is also a pretty simple place to tell if there are any problems with the heating system. For example, a pilot light that is burning yellow or orange means that it’s a pilot light suffering from a lack of oxygen.
This can signal a problem with your exhaust, and like the above problem can become a hazard if not properly addressed. Call on our professionals if you discover something amiss with your pilot light.
A Lack of Heat
This is one of those problems that you would think would be obvious, right?
Not quite though. Too often, homeowners think the lack of warm air coming from their furnace is just due to how cold it is outside—the furnace is struggling. While this might be the case, it’s probably not. This is especially true for the Lake County area. We simply don’t have frigid enough temperatures for this to be a problem.
So if you notice that your furnace doesn’t seem to be reaching the temperature you have set on the thermostat, give our team a call.