It can be difficult to know when your furnace needs repairs. In general, the home furnace is the last thing on our minds. But as winter approaches and the weather gets colder, it is a good idea to check your core appliances. This ensures that you know everything's functioning properly for when you need it most.
In general, it is a common practice to have your central heating system checked every year. You want your furnace functioning at its highest level of efficiency, so you're not wasting money.
The Home Does Not Feel Warm When The Furnace Is On
If your home doesn't heat and the furnace is running, that is the most straightforward sign that there is something wrong with your HVAC system. There could also be several different reasons for why this occurs. The most common reason is that your air filters are clogged.
Dust and debris can collect in your filters over time. Eventually, if they are not replaced frequently, they can clog and prevent hot air from flowing through. If you notice that your house is still cold with the furnace on, the first thing you should do is replace your filters.
Secondly, if this doesn't resolve the problem, be sure your furnace is connected to a power source. Ensure the switch is set to “on.” It is a good idea to contact your local HVAC repair operators once you've checked the vents and the power source if the problem persists.
Your Furnace Is Noisy
The furnace makes a natural humming sound when it is functioning normally. If you listen and you hear anything out of the ordinary, it could be a sign that there's something wrong with your heating system. There are a number of problems that can lead to a noisy furnace. In general, your furnace should give off some form of noise.
A healthy furnace has a low, humming noise. There is a problem when the furnace makes a banging or creaking sounds. The best solution for a noisy furnace is to contact a professional. There could be something broken internally, or it could simply be an outdated model.
The Furnace Is Older
It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your older appliances. Even if they seem to be running smoothly, they are more likely to run into problems, leak or unexpectedly stop working, simply because they are older. Your furnace should last between 10-15 years. If yours is getting close to this age, it is a good idea to think about having it checked, or start to budget for a replacement.
If you experience any of these problems with your furnace, or there are other things that seem out of the ordinary, it is a good idea to call your local plumbing and heating service.
At Hillcrest Plumbing, we have over 50 years of experience in the business. We help with all plumbing and heating problems and we service the entire lower mainland. We can replace parts on your furnace, suggest replacement options or simply run diagnostics to ensure that it is functioning at its best. Give us a call!