Do you have trouble keeping warm during cold weather? Is your home’s energy bill too high? Is your furnace emitting a strange noise or odor? If so, you might have a furnace that’s in trouble. Call Energy Sharks Heating & Air today to see if your home’s heating & air system is up to snuff before the thermometer freezes.
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Is Your Furnace in Trouble? Here’s How to Tell
Your home’s furnace has to work hard to keep your home warm when the weather cools off, and if you live in an area where it’s cold for long stretches of a time, that puts a strain on your furnace and it can become damaged without you even knowing it. Here are a few signs that your furnace could be in a bad way and when you should call in a heating contractor.
- Odors Coming from Your Furnace – While it’s not uncommon for your furnace to emit an odor when you first fire it up for the season, an odor of fuel that’s persistent could be a sign that there’s trouble. You could have a leak, which is a fire hazard, and it should be looked at immediately.
- Furnace Fails to Turn on – If you have an older furnace, you may find it difficult getting it started when you need it. Or, maybe it turns on but won’t run as long as it should. Either way, these are signs that there’s a problem, which could be as simple as a bad thermostat, or as complex as an entire furnace replacement. Before it gets too cold, call in a furnace contractor for an evaluation.
- Poor Heating – If your furnace is running and the house is still cold, it’s a sign that the system isn’t working as it should. On the flip side, if the heat is too high despite turning down the thermostat, that’s an issue as well. If you experience inadequate heat or heat that’s too high, it could be a problem with your ducts either being clogged or leaking. Either way, it’s best to call in a professional furnace contractor to take a look and ensure you remain safe and warm all winter.
- Carbon Monoxide – If you’re using any kind of gas heating in your home, then it’s essential that you use a carbon monoxide detector, and most modern gas furnaces come with them pre-installed. If your detector sounds the alarm, open the windows to ventilate the house and immediately call a furnace contractor to look at the system and determine the problem.
- Rise in Utility Bills – If your utility usage has been roughly the same year in and year out, then you should know what to expect on your heating bills every month. When there’s a dramatic spike that isn’t caused by a rate increase, it could be a sign that your furnace isn’t operating as it should.
Repair or Replace Your Furnace?
When you call Energy Sharks Heating & Air about a furnace problem, you’re probably going to wonder whether it’s better to repair or replace your furnace. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer, but here are a few guidelines that our team will consider when evaluating your home’s heating system and how to fix it.
When to Replace
- Older System – In general, if your home’s furnace is over 20 years old, it’s a good indication that it’s time for a replacement. Furnaces this old and older typically operate at only 65% efficiency, which means that it’s costing you more to operate the older it gets, and it’s not heating your home effectively. In most instances, the money you save on your utility bill will pay for a new furnace in only a few years.
- Major Damage – If you have a crack in your heat exchanger or your compressor is kaput, then it’s time for a furnace replacement.
When to Repair
- Cost vs. Age – Let’s say you have a furnace that’s about five years old, but is still exhibiting signs of trouble; in that case, it wouldn’t make sense to spend the money for a replacement when a repair can extend the life of the unit for longer.
The bottom line is that your best bet is to call in a professional furnace contractor at the first sign of trouble with your home’s heating system. A licensed, trained technician will be able to assess the entirety of your heating system, diagnose the problem or problems, and recommend the best solution.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your heater fixed – call today to schedule a proactive heater maintenance visit by the local experts at Energy Sharks Heating & Air!
Don’t Risk Your Family’s Safety This Winter
The last thing anyone wants is for their family to suffer when the house isn’t warm during the coldest months of the year. If your home’s furnace isn’t up to snuff, it could be just a simple fix. Call our professional heating contractors today to find out and ensure that your family remains warm and comfortable all winter long.