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Signs That You Need to Call for Furnace Repairs

Posted on: December 14, 2015

When a gas or electric furnaces stops working entirely, you’ll know right away that it needs repairs. But not all malfunctions in a furnace will create such immediate signs that there is a problem. During the early days of the heating season, take special care to watch for smaller warning indications that your furnace has operating issues. If you notice any of the signs below, don’t wait to call for repairs. A furnace malfunction will only worsen, and you could face a completely busted furnace, or even one that runs unsafely.

Strange noises from the cabinet

You should be accustomed to the noises that your home’s furnace makes as it turns on and runs. When you start to hear anything out of the ordinary (grinding, clicking, rattling, booming), it usually means that something is wrong with the furnace. Be especially leery of clicking sounds that occur after the blower fan turns off, as this can mean a cracked heat exchanger, which is potentially dangerous.

Elevated heating bills

Check on the first month of your power bill after the furnace starts to work. Does it seem higher than in previous years? If you haven’t used the first more than usual, this can indicate a fault in the system that is making it drain more power than it should.

Low air flow from the vents

Go to the vent registers in each of the rooms when the furnace is operating and test the level of air flow coming from them. If it feels sluggish, then there may be issues with the furnace’s blower fan, or the filter could be clogged.

Burning odors

If you detect an acrid, burning odor emanating from the vents, it might mean that one of the motors is burning out. Regardless of the cause, this smell isn’t something that should be coming from the furnace, so call for repairs.

Bud Matthews Services offers furnace repairs in Durham, NC.

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