With an average lifespan of 15-20 years, it’s reasonable to expect you’ll eventually have one or more problems with your furnace. But here’s the challenge: short of complete furnace breakdown, how will you even know you’re having a problem that requires professional attention?
Here, from our experience, are four of the leading indicators that your furnace needs a little repair help:
Excess Build-up of Dust
If you’re noticing more dust motes flying through the air and settling on your furniture, there’s a good chance you have a dirty or clogged furnace filter. For best results, is should be cleaned or replaced monthly. A completely clogged filter can cause your furnace to overheat and that, in turn, can result in a cracked heat exchanger.
Reduced Air Flow
If your registers are producing little or no heat, the problem once again can be a dirty filter. You also might have a crack or leak somewhere in your ductwork that’s allowing dirty air from the attic to infiltrate your ducts before entering your living spaces.
Furnace Won’t Turn On
Before hitting the panic button, pick up the phone and call GBT Heating & Cooling to lend a helping hand. It might be as simple as a loose connection in your thermostat or a problem with the ignition system. Either way, that’s a whole lot better than needing a brand new furnace.
A furnace in distress is capable of making all kinds on unpleasant noises like rumbling, buzzing, squealing or rattling. The point is, it shouldn’t be making any noises at all. If it is, something’s wrong and needs to be fixed.
Whatever’s causing you a lack of comfort and/or higher than normal utility costs should be properly investigated so the right plan of action can be determined: repair or replace. In the meantime, you can prevent most furnace problems by having preventive maintenance performed on your heating system once a year. That one proactive step will also lead to a longer system lifespan and lower home heating costs. For more information or to schedule service, contact GBT Heating & Cooling today.