Even though you’re quite confident about your furnace since you were made to believe it’s one of the most advanced and priciest models, the fact will always remain – it won’t last forever. In most instances, furnaces are meant to last 15 years. However, your furnace wouldn’t last that long if you don’t know how to properly and regularly maintain it.
Now if you plan on taking advantage of your furnace for as long as it’s possible, then you at least have to understand and learn the signs that it needs repairs; and with that skill, you’d be able to know when to call in a qualified service technician to fix it for you.
1 – You failed to have your furnace serviced for a year.
Can you figure out when was the last time you called a professional to examine or inspect your furnace? So, if it already is impossible to determine when was the last time you had you furnace checked, then it only means one thing: you need to have it checked and fixed right away. The lack of inspection could even mean that you have not changed your filter for a very long time.
2 – You see water pooling around the furnace.
Furnaces, as advanced and well-built they are, will eventually have leaks, and it could be oil, gas, or water, depending on the fuel your heating system uses. 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. The most obvious sign of the presence of a water leak is pooling near or underneath the surface. It is important that you call in a qualified furnace repair technician right away if there is a leak because it could be your condensate line failing or clogging, which eventually will result to the furnace’s inability to produce heat.
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. First of all, you need to prevent a major accident from happening by shutting the furnace down right away once you realize there’s a leak. Next, you need to find out where the gas supply valve is inside your furnace to turn it off. You never should turn the lights off or light matches as you patiently wait for the furnace repair technician to arrive.
4 – All of a sudden, your utility bills unexpectedly increase.
Finally, if you received your utility bill and saw that the amount skyrocketed compared to the previous one, then it only means that you’re probably forcing your furnace to work very hard, thereby causing it to use more fuel than usual. The only way to figure out if there is a problem with the furnace, causing it to work hard is by calling in a qualified service technician.