Is it just us or does wintertime weather seem to last a little longer each season. We know it is likely just perspective because, by March, who isn’t craving some sunshine and warmth? With that said, the effect of months of cold weather doesn’t just have its impact on residents of the Staten Island are, it also takes its toll on your furnace.
While your furnace can’t exactly crave sunlight, there are ways that this system can alert you about the fact that it needs a break. This, of course, is our way of saying that by the end of heating season you should be on the lookout for signs that you need furnace repair in Staten Island.
We will give you a few important warning signs to watch for that you should schedule your furnace repairs ASAP. If you recognize any of these indicators, make sure you reach out to us for assistance before your furnace breaks down during the next cold spell.
How to Tell Your Furnace is Sending a Warning
Even the most well-maintained furnace will eventually require repairs. It’s just how wear and tear works. Here are some of the signs that your furnace might give you to let you know that it needs a repair service from a professional.
Your furnace won’t run silently, that much is true, but there are some sounds that you definitely should not hear coming from this heating system. Hissing can indicate a leak in your ductwork or a gas leak. Rattling can mean you have a cracked heat exchanger. Screeching or squealing often means there is a problem with your blower fan or blower motor. If you hear any of these sounds, you should contact a professional.
There really aren’t any smells that you should get from your furnace, aside from the slight scent of a bit of dust burning off when you turn it on for the first time at the start of winter. If you smell things like burning metal or plastic it may mean that some of the electrical parts in the furnace are overheating. Also if you smell burning dust for an extended period, there is an issue that needs to be addressed by a pro as well. Last but certainly not least, if you smell gas or rotten eggs, turn the furnace off an call for repairs immediately.
Your furnace works hard to keep you warm all winter. However, if it takes on too much wear and tear it can negatively impact its ability to provide you with comfort. Reduced or uneven heat can indicate a problem in your ducts or an issue with your furnace’s ignition. Reduced heat may also be another indicator of a cracked heat exchanger. Similarly, your comfort can be hindered if your furnace is short cycling due to problems with it overheating.
When your furnace starts acting strangely, your best course of action will be to reach out for professional repairs from Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning. Serving Staten Island’s Heating and A/C needs since 1955.