Things To Watch For With Your Furnace
Even though we are in the warm south, you still rely on your furnace to keep you warm and toasty when those nights turn chilly. When you turn up the thermostat and ask for more heat, you expect your furnace to respond in kind, sending a rush of warm air into the room and keeping you and your family comfortable all winter long.
You rely a great deal on your furnace to keep your home and your family comfortable, but chances are you rarely give your heating system a second thought. The furnace is one of those appliances people tend to take for granted, at least until it fails.
What are the warning signs?
If you turn up the thermostat when the temperature plummets and your furnace fails to respond, you may be left wondering if there were any warning signs. As you wait for the emergency repair crew, and the repair bill, to arrive, you may be left thinking about the troubling signs you ignored – the ones that could have helped you spot a failing furnace before it was too late.
If your furnace survived last winter intact and keep you warm and cozy all season long, you should count yourself lucky. What you should not do, however, is take that warmth and comfort for granted. As the summer comes to an end and the cool of autumn takes hold, now is the perfect time to check out your heating system and make sure it is up to another season of home comfort.
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Spotting the early warning signs of a failing furnace is not always easy, but there are a few things you can look out for. Checking for potential problems with your furnace means using all your senses, and now is the perfect time to get started.
You can start by using your eyes to look for bulging hoses, discolored spots along the heating system and accumulations of soot. These sooty accumulations could mean that there is a leak in the system, and those leaks can cause the furnace to fail prematurely, or at least make it less efficient and more expensive to run.
Look for unusual noises like “clunking” or “whistling”
Your ears will be very useful as well, so listen carefully as you examine the furnace and look for troubling early warning signs. A worn out or failing furnace will often make strange sounds and emit unusual noises, so listen carefully. If you hear a clunking sound or a high whistling noise, it is a good idea to call a heating technician right away.
Spotting the early warning signs of a failing furnace is not always easy, but there are some things you can watch out for. If you can spot a problem early, you may be able to simply repair the issue. If you wait too long, you could find yourself going into the winter season with an expensive new furnace installation.