A 10-Point Plan for Options (Without Being Overwhelmed)
Even though you’re quite confident about your furnace since you were made to believe it’s one of the most advanced and priciest models, the fact will always remain – it won’t last forever. For the most part though, a furnace is expected to last 15 years before you develop headaches due to constant repairs. But then again, there’s no way your furnace will last that long if you don’t value proper and regular maintenance.
So, if you really want to make the most out of your newly installed furnace or an existing one, then you have to understand the signs that it already needs repair; after all, that’s basically the only responsibility to will have to shoulder since the actual repair must only be performed by a qualified service technician.
1 – You forgot to have your furnace serviced in a year or even longer.
Can you figure out when was the last time you called a professional to examine or inspect your furnace? The fact that you no longer can determine when’s the last time you have it checked only means that your furnace needs to be inspected for major problems right away. The lack of inspection could even mean that you have not changed your filter for a very long time.
2 – You see water pooling around the furnace.
Furnaces always will be prone to leaks, and it could either be oil, gas, or water. Obviously, there’s little concern if water is leaking; but the same cannot be said when it comes to gas or oil. The most obvious sign of a leak is pooling near or underneath the furnace. It is important that you call in a qualified furnace repair technician right away if there is a leak because it could be your condensate line failing or clogging, which eventually will result to the furnace’s inability to produce heat.
3 – There’s a smell of glass leaking.
While a gas leak that remains undetected is very dangerous, it is seldom ignored because once it leaks, the smell is apparent and obvious. The first step in preventing a major accident is to shut down the furnace the moment you figure out there’s a leak. Next, you need to find out where the gas supply valve is inside your furnace to turn it off. Never turn the lights on or light any matches or candles while you wait for the furnace repair expert to arrive.
4 – All of a sudden, your utility bills unexpectedly increase.
Lastly, in case you see a sudden spike in your utility bills, it could mean that your furnace is working harder than usual to produce heat inside your home, which in turn relates to the use of more fuel than usual. Well, it makes sense to tap the services of a qualified technician to have a look at your furnace to find out what’s causing it to work harder than it should.