Unless you're an HVAC expert, you may not realize your home's heater is on the fritz until it's too late. By the time it breaks down, if Murphy's Law holds, you're probably in the coldest month of the year when a broken heater is the most inconvenient. But if you can educate yourself on the signs of a heater in trouble, you can determine if you're in need of emergency repair services or not. Catching the problem before it develops into something worse may help you save on repair costs overall. These are a few subtle but common indicators that your residential furnace needs attention from a professional.
1. Weak Airflow
If you've noticed the airflow from your vents has increasingly or suddenly become weaker, there is a potential problem with your furnace that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, there may not be an easy DIY diagnosis. There could be several possible sources of the problem including clogged filters, problems with the fan, or even issues with the belts and motor. You'll need a professional. Make sure to note whether there decreased airflow was gradual or sudden, as that can help your technician figure out the cause.
2. Increase in Your Heating Bill
Sometimes the problem with the heater isn't something you can hear or even see. The only indication might be that your heating bill is slowly increasing. That's why it's important to be vigilant about any small changes in your furnace's level of efficiency. Once you notice this particular problem, you should immediately check your utility area for the smell of gas. If you suspect a gas leak, quickly locate your gas shutoff valve and turn off the gas supply. You can contact your gas utility service to find out how this is done if you're not sure. Don't turn the valve back on yourself once you've shut it off. Only your gas utility service expert should do this. If there is no smell and you've determined there is no leak, a loss of efficiency still indicates a problem that needs to be addressed. You should contact someone that specializes in emergency services for heaters.
3. Too Much Dust
A little dust around the house is fairly typical. But if the amount of dust in your home starts to increase by noticeable amounts, you have a problem. A common cause of this dust debacle is that your furnace is no longer cleaning your air properly. An easy potential DIY fix is to swap out the filter, something you should be doing every two to six months anyway. The frequency depends on the type of filter your furnace uses. But if the problem persists after installing a new filter, you should call a technician.
If you notice any of these warning signs, contact your local HVAC contractor, such as A & E Heating and AC Inc, to schedule an inspection.
31 March 2018
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