Don't Let a Furnace Emergency Happen This Winter!
Losing your heat due to an unexpected issue with your furnace can turn disastrous even during a warm winter. Unfortunately, many experts predict that this winter will be quite a bit colder than usual. Don't wait until you and your family are facing a heating emergency to have a professional inspect your furnace. A pre-season check can help you to catch a small problem before it becomes a larger one.
Four Signs to Call an HVAC Technician
Do you recognize any of these signs in your furnace? Homeowners who do should call an HVAC professional now!
An older furnace. Most furnaces have an effective lifespan between 15 and 20 years with moderate use and proper care. Heaters which are not well-maintained throughout the years or those installed in homes where the climate is much colder requiring the furnace to operate longer and work harder than normal may need to replace much sooner. You can find the recommended lifespan of your furnace in your owner's manual. Replacing your heater before the heating season usually means you can take advantage of deals unavailable during the winter months.
Rattling sound/strange noises. Most furnaces make some noise, but if you notice a sound which is unfamiliar to you when your heater is running, then there is a good chance that something may be wrong. Usually, the repair is minor and catching it early saves you a significant headache. Pops, squeaks, and clicks are typical sounds which may indicate that something has come loose in your heater and needs a simple fix.
Blowing cold air. Heaters take time to warm up, so if yours is blowing cool air within the first five or ten minutes after you turn it on, relax, everything is fine. But, on the other hand, if your heater continues to blow cold air after being on for ten minutes, that is not normal. Check your thermostat to make sure you set it correctly and your pilot light on the furnace itself. If everything is as you expect, you may have a severe issue with the ductwork, fan, filters or flame sensor on an oil heater.
Increase in utility bills. A sudden and dramatic increase in your utility bill may be an indication that you need to replace your heater as soon as possible. Since a heater will try to heat your home even when it is not functioning correctly, it will run longer and harder than usual leading to much higher fuel consumption. By replacing an ill-performing heater, you can save hundreds of dollars a year in heating costs and avoid the cost of repairs.
The rule of thumb is to replace your furnace once repairs reach 50 percent of the replacement cost. But you don't have to wait. Call Action Heating & Air Inc., a full-service heating and cooling company in Crescent Springs, KY at 859-331-2641 for a free estimate of the cost to repair or replace your furnace.