Fall is here, and you don’t want to wait until it’s cold outside to ensure your furnace is working properly. Here are some tips you need to know from our experts here at Boyd Heating and Cooling.
Regular maintenance is essential to ensure proper operation and function of your heating equipment. If a heating or cooling system malfunctions, it could be any number of things, such as the heat or cold source, the distribution system, or the thermostat.
To make sure you don’t get stuck in the cold, here are some warning signs to watch for:
Your Furnace Is Old
If your furnace is older than 15-20 years old, this is a big red flag. Don’t make an important decision while experiencing an emergency, find a replacement now. Click here to contact us today. We can review your options with you and provide recommendations based on your home size, number of rooms, and location.
Energy Bills Are Increasing
If your furnace is old, it doesn’t run as efficiently, especially if it hasn’t been properly maintained. This means your furnace has to run longer to create the same amount of heat it used to. Compare your energy bills to last year and see if you’re experiencing higher costs. If so, it might be time to consider a new furnace.
You Hear Strange Noises
If you’re hearing odd noises from your heating equipment, that’s because your furnace is likely towards the end of its usable life. If you hear the blower running excessively, this is also a sign of your furnace wearing out. Another important tell-tale sign is if your burner is yellow instead of blue.
Your Family Feels Sick a Lot
Cracks can develop in old furnaces and carbon monoxide, if present, can leak into your home undetected. Common symptoms are: nausea, dizziness, headache, burning in the nose or eyes, and flu-like feelings. If you smell rotten eggs or something strange, that’s also a big red flag. Carbon monoxide can be deadly – if you think you’ve got a carbon monoxide issue, contact us today. We also recommend each home have a carbon monoxide detector, which you can purchase from us or your local hardware store.
In conclusion, there are several ways to tell if your furnace needs maintenance, or just needs to be replaced. Contact us today and see how we can help, and ensure your entire family is safe and comfortable before winter strikes again.