Your furnace needs attention – but what kind exactly?
Chances are, you came here because you’re having a furnace problem. Short of a complete loss of heat, how can you tell something’s wrong with your furnace or some other heating system component? These are the most common warning signs:
- Increased utility costs
- Frequent repairs
- Unresponsive thermostat
- Burner flame isn’t blue
- Strange noises
- Dry and dusty air
Rising Utility Cost
Heating bills rising faster than gas and electric rates seem to warrant? That’s a sure sign your furnace has lost some efficiency. Maybe it hasn’t been cleaned or inspected recently, so the filter is clogged. It could be general wear and tear, but it could also be something more serious.
The more often you have to call a professional for heating system repairs and fine tuning, the more you should ask yourself if it’s worth it. Keep in mind the average lifespan of a furnace is 15 – 20 years. Essentially sooner or later, you’re better off with a furnace replacement rather than a furnace repair.
Some of the most common furnace problems are miscommunications between the thermostat and the furnace. Walk around your house and check out all the rooms controlled by your main thermostat. If some are more comfortable than others, or you have to adjust your thermostat up or down depending on where you are, you may have a thermostat problem.
Burner Flame Color
In a well-functioning furnace, there’s only one color for the gas flame: blue. If the flame is yellow or flickering, your furnace is not only burning incompletely, there’s also an increased likelihood that carbon monoxide is building up. Signs of carbon monoxide production include:
- Soot streaks around the furnace
- No upward draft in the chimney
- Excess moisture on the windows, walls, and other cold surfaces
- Excess rust on flue pipes, pipe connections, or appliance jacks
- Water leaking from the chimney base, vent, or flue pipe
- Rust on the vent pipe
It’s normal for a furnace to make a quiet operating noise, but if you’re hearing strange noises that sound like banging, rattling, popping, grinding, or squealing, something’s wrong. Abnormal furnace sounds won’t quiet down on their own, they need to be addressed by a professional.
Dry, Dusty Air
Modern furnaces are able to clean the air and add moisture for greater comfort, but such features eventually wear out in old furnaces. So if you’re having trouble sleeping, prone to bloody noses, suffering from itchy skin, feeling the sting of static electrical shock, and so on, it may be time to either add a whole-house humidifier or replace your furnace with one that can provide more complete comfort. You may also want to consider having your ducts cleaned.
Call the Furnace Doctors!
We are here and we’re ready to respond! Pick up the phone or send us an email, whatever your preference. Let Furnace Doctors do what we do best – which is figure out why you’re not experiencing complete indoor comfort, and then do whatever it takes to remedy it.
What you need to know about us:
- We service and repair most makes and models of home furnaces
- We provide emergency repair service to existing customers
- After we diagnose the problem, we present a guaranteed upfront price quote before continuing work
- Our technician arrives in a truck loaded with furnace parts and other materials prepared complete work without leaving or sending out for part
- We’re confident in the quality of our work and guarantee 100% satisfaction
Once we diagnose the problem, we’ll recommend what we consider to be your best course of action. While you might need to consider replacing an older system that’s prone to frequent repairs, we never push you to make a sale or pull bait and switch. We keep things clear so you can make the decision.
Ultimately, it’s our job to do what’s best for your home, family, and budget and we promise to make all three priorities always.