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The Top Signs Your Furnace Needs Attention

(Don’t Ignore These Red Flags!)

As the chilly weather settles in, your furnace is one of the most important parts of keeping your home warm and comfortable. However, like any other mechanical system, furnaces can show signs of wear and tear, signaling the need for attention or maintenance.  Here are some tips on how to tell if your furnace is in distress, and the red flags to watch for.

Unusual Noises: A well functioning furnace should operate quietly in the background, not interrupting the peace and quiet of your home. If you notice strange noises like banging, clanking, or squealing, it’s time to pay attention. Unusual sounds can indicate issues such as a malfunctioning blower motor, loose components, or a failing ignition system. Ignoring these noises could lead to more significant problems down the line.

Inconsistent Heating: Have you noticed uneven heating throughout your home? If certain rooms feel warmer or colder than others, it could be a sign that your furnace is struggling. Inconsistent heating may result from issues with the thermostat, ductwork problems, or a malfunctioning furnace. Be sure to regularly check and calibrate your thermostat and schedule maintenance to ensure your house stays warm throughout all our living spaces.

Increased Energy Bills: If you notice a sudden spike in your energy bills without a corresponding change in usage, this can be an indication that your furnace is losing efficiency.  This may be due to dirty or clogged filters, a broken thermostat, or other internal issues.  Regular maintenance, including changing filters on a regular basis and routine inspections from an HVAC Professional , can keep your furnace operating efficiently and prevent unnecessary hikes in your utility bills.

Frequent Cycling: If your furnace seems to be turning on and off more frequently than usual, it might be experiencing short cycling. Short cycling can strain the system, leading to increased wear and tear. Causes may range from a clogged air filter to issues with the thermostat or the flame sensor. Ignoring this red flag could lead to furnace failure and costly repairs.

Visible Signs of Wear: Take a visual inspection of your furnace. Are there visible signs of rust, corrosion, or soot around the unit? These can be indicators of serious issues, such as a cracked heat exchanger or a gas leak. Addressing these problems immediately is crucial for both your safety and longevity of your furnace.

If you live in Canada, you know that nothing is worse than your furnace not working during the winter, especially if we are experiencing a deep freeze. By paying attention to these red flags, you can address potential issues before they escalate into major problems. Scheduling regular professional maintenance from Academy Mechanical Services can ensure that your furnace provides you with reliable warmth throughout the winter months.

Be proactive! If you experience any of these call us before it’s too late.  If it’s too late to repair your furnace, we can install a new one for you too from one of our trusted suppliers.  We offer financing as well so you can stay warm without breaking the bank.