Posted on: 27 July 2020Share
If you have a properly running furnace, you will have a warm home that is comfortable to relax in. However, when you have a furnace that is not working the way it should, the one thing that you are going to notice is how chilly you are. The good news is that your heating system will alert you with some warning signs that it is starting to fail so that you don't have to find yourself uncomfortable and cold during the middle of the winter season, allowing you to contact a professional repair technician to come out to your home and perform the necessary repairs before it has a chance to break down (in most cases). Here are three signs that your heating system is in need of repair sooner rather than later.
It's Getting on up There in Age
On average, a heating system is going to last somewhere between 15 and 20 years. In honesty, though, the heating system is only going to last that long if you are keeping up with its annual maintenance. Once your system gets close to 15 years old, you will want to make sure that you have the funds set back for a replacement or more frequent repairs.
It's Making Some Strange Noises
While heating systems will make a small amount of noise when they are operating, you will want to pay attention to the loud, out-of-the-ordinary noises that are not typical of standard operation. For instance, if you hear a popping or squeaking noise coming from the furnace, this is indicative of a loose interior component. If you hear squealing coming from the system, it may mean that there is a defective belt or motor. If you hear a scraping sound, there may be a blower wheel issue due to metal rubbing against metal. These sounds should never be ignored, as this will only cause the problem to worsen, resulting in a higher repair bill.
It's Blowing Out Cool Air or No Air at All
Your furnace's sole responsibility is to warm your home. If the air coming out of it is at a warm temperature or lower, then you definitely need the help of a professional. The issue is likely with the ignition control, hot surface ignitor, or pilot light. Now, if the furnace is hardly blowing out any air at all or isn't blowing out any, then the blower fan may be defective and require a replacement.
When it comes to your furnace, you never want to find yourself without it because you decided to ignore the warning signs of needing repairs. For more information, contact a heating repair company, such as McGuire Plumbing & Heating Inc., in your local area.