People panic when something goes wrong with their heating system. Many people don’t understand how a furnace works, don’t know who to call, and can sometimes actually make things worse by trying to repair the system themselves. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from customers and homeowners about furnace repair.
How do I know I need furnace repair?
You should call for service before the system completely breaks down. Often there are signs a furnace needs attention. This includes:
- new sounds such as clunking, whirring or whining
- strange smells coming from the furnace when it’s running
- a difference in heating capabilities
If you notice any of the above changes in your furnace, call a professional technician to inspect the system and diagnose any issues.
Is it better to repair or replace the furnace?
If your heating system is no longer under a manufacturer’s warranty, it usually makes more financial sense to upgrade the furnace than pay for constant repairs. Also, keep in mind that heating systems only have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, so repairing an old furnace can be a waste of resources.
Is there any way to prevent furnace breakdowns?
It’s recommended to have your heating system inspected, cleaned and tuned-up every year by a professional. Not only is this service required by manufacturers to keep warranties valid, but it can also improve efficiency (resulting in lower monthly energy bills) and help ensure the system won’t breakdown.
Can I fix the furnace myself?
Without expert knowledge and the proper skills, you could actually damage your furnace, which will cost you time and money in additional heating repairs. DIY furnace repair also poses a serious safety risk to you and your family. We never recommend homeowners try to fix their own heating system.
Concerned your furnace or have any questions?
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Going strong for over 50 years, Delta Air Systems is proud to provide quality heating service to the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Our team of certified specialists will get your furnace operating efficiently so you can stay comfortable all winter long.