Regardless of how advanced or pricey your furnace is when you bought it, the fact remains that it’s not designed to last forever. For the most part though, a furnace is expected to last 15 years before you develop headaches due to constant repairs. But then again, there’s no way your furnace will last that long if you don’t value 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 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? 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. 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. 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.
Luckily, it’s very easy to detect a gas leak because you will immediately smell gas. 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. You never should turn the lights off or light matches as you patiently wait for the furnace repair technician to arrive.
4 – If your utility bills suddenly increase without any apparent reason.
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. 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.