With the incredibly cold winters we get here in Milwaukee, home heating systems become a vital part of daily life. With so much relying on the production of your heater it is important that you take very good care of it with proper maintenance and upkeep. In previous blog posts we’ve covered efficient heaters that can make your winters easier but how can you spot problems before they arrive?
In this blog, we’re going to cover the signs of furnace breakdown because there’s nothing worse than your heater shutting down during the cold of winter. This information will help you spot issues with your HVAC system before the problem gets worse!
Increased Energy Bill
Did you know that your energy bill is a good indicator to how well your HVAC is functioning? If you track how much you spend a month on your utility bill, you will be able to spot fluctuations. A significant increase in your energy bill is a strong sign that your system is under stress. Stress is the root of all HVAC problems, as it builds up and breaks down your HVAC.
Your HVAC uses fuel to keep you comfortable in your home, if there is a major issue with the inner workings of the system, it will use more energy to compensate for that failure. That’s where the higher energy bill comes from. If there is a significant issue with your HVAC, it won’t fix itself, and will likely get worse if not addressed properly. If you don’t fix the problem, your heater will be at greater risk of complete failure.
If it feels like you&’re constantly fixing your furnace or boiler, it’s time to invest in a new one before it’s too late. Think back to the last two years and try to remember how many times you’ve had to call an HVAC technician. If the costs of the repairs are feeling like monthly payments then it’s time to get a new heater.
Walk around your home and if certain areas are warmer than others, that’s another bad sign. Part of what your furnace does is distribute heat evenly throughout your home. If it’s clearly colder in some areas of your home during winter, you can bet that your heater is struggling.
Noises & Smells
Your heater may be loud, but there is appropriate noise, and then there’s inappropriate noise. For instance, the engine sound that your system has when it’s running is perfectly reasonable. It’s the clanking, clunking, or grinding noise you may hear that is a sign that something is wrong with your heater. Those strange sounds are the classic sign that there is something very wrong with your unit. Scheduling an HVAC maintenance check is the best way to make sure that whatever the noise is, is either repairable or inconsequential.
Smells are another major indicator of your HVAC&’s health. Moldy smells can be signs of water leaks and poor air quality. The problem of poor airflow can be traced to clogged and leaky ductwork or a system that is not producing at the level it should. If there is a gasoline smell, that’s a bigger issue that needs to be addressed immediately as it is a sign of a gas leak from your furnace.
Your furnace and boiler have expiration dates; it’s a fact of life. No matter how well you take care of it through professional and do-it-yourself maintenance, it simply won’t be able to last forever. Once your furnace reaches a certain age you should begin searching the market for a new one. The buying process for any heating system can be a significant undertaking that takes a lot of time. If your old furnace breaks down permanently, that could leave you without heat for a long time.
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If you have any more questions about how to determine the health of your heating system or if you would like our diagnosis, contact us today!