Regardless of how advanced or pricey your furnace is when you bought it, the fact remains that it’s not designed to last forever. In most instances, furnaces are meant to last 15 years. But you only can achieve that through proper and regular maintenance.
So, if you really want to make the most out of your newly installed furnace or an existing one, then you have to understand the signs that it already needs repair; after all, that’s basically the only responsibility to will have to shoulder since the actual repair must only be performed by a qualified service technician.
1 – You forgot to have your furnace serviced in a year or even longer.
Can you recall the last time you called a qualified HVAC technician to inspect your furnace? The fact that you no longer can determine when’s the last time you have it checked only means that your furnace needs to be inspected for major problems right away. Because you haven’t allowed any inspection for a very long time, it means you also might haven’t replaced your filter for quite a long time already.
2 – There’s water pooling around the furnace.
Furnaces always will be prone to leaks, and it could either be oil, gas, or water. While you wouldn’t worry that much if water is leaking, but if the leak is gas or oil, then that’s way more serious. As for the case of water leaking, the most obvious sign is pooling near or under the furnace. You need to have it checked right away because your condensate line might be clogged, which in turn could lead to the inability of your furnace to keep your living space warm and comfortable.
3 – You smell leaking gas.
While a gas leak that remains undetected is very dangerous, it is seldom ignored because once it leaks, the smell is apparent and obvious. The first step in preventing a major accident is to shut down the furnace the moment you figure out there’s a leak. You then will have to open up the furnace to find the location of the gas supply valve; this is important because you likewise have to turn it off. Never turn the lights on or light any matches or candles while you wait for the furnace repair expert to arrive.
4 – If your utility bills suddenly increase without any apparent reason.
Lastly, if you feel like you utility bills have increased quite significantly, there’s a good chance that it’s because of your furnace not being in tiptop condition, forcing it to work harder and use more fuel than usual. Well, it makes sense to tap the services of a qualified technician to have a look at your furnace to find out what’s causing it to work harder than it should.