When you turn your furnace on this fall, there are a few warning signs you should watch out for if you want your furnace to continue to run smoothly throughout the winter as well.
When you start your furnace up this fall, or if you already have, listen closely for any squealing, rumbling, or rattling noises. The only noise you should hear coming from the unit is the blower, as any other noise should be a cause for alarm. These noises could be a warning sign that there are worn out bearings, belts, or other components in your furnace. Worn or damaged parts could cause other components to fail and even cause the whole unit to break down. Call a certified HVAC technician to come and service your unit if you hear any unusual noises coming from your furnace.
Feeling Under the Weather?
Make sure you always have the recommended number of C0 detectors in your home and on each level. If anyone in your home experiences chronic headaches, allergies, or flu-like symptoms, it could be a warning sign that your furnace needs to be serviced or replaced. Even if your carbon monoxide alarm is operating, this gas can be extremely dangerous, so it’s best to call a licensed technician to investigate.
If your furnace is short cycling, meaning it frequently turns on and off, it could simply mean that your thermostat needs to be adjusted, but it can also be a warning sign of other issues such as plugged filter, or perhaps a high limit safety switch cut-out. If you are setting your thermostat the same way you always have and your furnace is short cycling, then you should call a professional to inspect your unit. Short cycling reduces the efficiency of your unit, and the constant stopping and starting can also significantly reduce the lifespan of your furnace.
High Utility Bills
Unfortunately, it’s normal for bills to increase from year to year, but if you find your bills are higher than the incremental rate increase, it may be time to replace your furnace. If your furnace is worn out or damaged, it won’t run as efficiently as it should, which will cause your monthly bills to increase. Even if there isn’t anything seriously wrong with your current furnace, replacing your old unit with a new energy-efficient model can significantly decrease your monthly bills.
If your furnace isn’t heating your home like it used to, or you notice any of these warning signs, contact the HVAC experts at Delta to get your furnace serviced or replaced.
The HVAC experts at Delta Air Systems Ltd. have been serving the heating and cooling needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions for over 65 years. Providing customers with reliable service and quality equipment is our #1 priority.