Signs it’s Time to Contact a Furnace Repair Technician
November 23, 2022at8:00 AM
As the weather begins to turn in New Hampshire and across the US, it’s vital for homeowners to turn their attention to winterizing their homes. One of the most important steps in winterizing your home is having your furnace serviced. If you’re unsure whether it’s time to contact a furnace repair technician, the dedicated team at Jeff Mackay Mechanical has got your back. Below, we’ve compiled a list of key signs it might be time to contact a technician for repair on your furnace.
You hear strange noises coming from your furnace
Strange noises coming from your furnace could be indicative of a number of problems (not all of them dire), but usually, when your furnace is making weird noises it’s an indication something is not working correctly, and it’s a good idea to call a furnace repair technician.
Your energy bill has increased significantly
A spike in energy bills is often one of the first signs that something is wrong with your furnace because it’s working harder than usual to heat your home which drives up energy consumption. When this happens it’s vital to call a furnace repair technician, so you can avoid over spending and consuming far too much energy.
Some rooms are too hot while others are too cold
If you notice drastic temperature changes from room to room it could indicate your furnace isn’t functioning properly and needs attention from one of our qualified technicians.
The pilot light keeps going out
The pilot light should remain lit at all times, if it starts flickering or going out entirely, it needs to be looked at right away as this could be a sign of deadly carbon monoxide leaks.
Rust has started to form around your furnace
Over time, rust can form on the exterior of furnaces as they age which can lead to bigger problems down the road if left unrepaired, so it’s best to nip it in the bud sooner rather than later. Rust can quickly erode your furnace and cause it to become obsolete down the line, some repairs now could save you a lot in the long run.
You can see soot building up around your furnace
Soot build-up can be indicative of a serious problem with your furnace. If there is any visible soot around or near the furnace this is cause for concern as this means poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide could be present and puts you and your family in danger. Get out of the house and call a technician as soon as possible.
The flame looks yellow instead of blue
A healthy gas furnace will have a blue flame when burning correctly, if the flame starts turning yellow this is an indication there could be a fuel-air mixture problem happening which can lead to dangerous consequences if not fixed right away by one of our certified technicians.
Frequent on and off cycling
Most furnaces will cycle on and off multiple times throughout the day but if you start noticing it more frequently this could be an indication that something is wrong such as faulty wiring or sensors not functioning properly and should be repaired as soon as possible.
Your furnace is over 15 years old
Even if your furnace doesn’t seem like it’s having any issues, once a piece of machinery hits the 15-year mark, it becomes much more likely to break down without warning which no one wants happening in the middle of winter so play it safe and schedule an inspection with us now in order to avoid being left out in the cold later on down the road.
Now that we’ve gone over some key signs that indicate you might need repair on your furnace, err on the side of caution and give our team at Jeff Mackay Mechanical a call. Our expert team at Jeff Mackay Mechanical knows all things HVAC and can get one of our certified technicians out to take a look at your furnace ASAP.
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