5 Signs Your Furnace is About to Go Kaput

5 Signs Your Furnace is About To Go Kaput

As a company that–among many other things–maintains and installs furnaces, our expert technicians have seen every conceivable issue that has started small, and mushroomed into a disaster at the worst possible time (hello, two feet of snow). People who never thought of furnace maintenance are surprised to know there are warning signs that point to the need for a tweak, or even a whole new unit.

Below are five signs that your furnace is about to require a pricey repair.

  1. If your furnace is making any loud noises such as rattling or screeching, especially when first firing it up, do not ignore it. It could be something minor but could also be a sign of distress. We continually find people who ignore this and it turns out to be a plugged heat exchanger, which then completely breaks down at the most inopportune time.
  2. If you are someone with an older furnace you may encounter this sign: when lighting it up in the fall, if the flame is visible outside the burner area, most people ignore it. However, this could be a sign of a possible plugged heat exchanger, which will either imminently or in the near future lead to a breakdown when it is most needed.
  3. If you have a carbon monoxide detector that has rung its alarm, turn your furnace off and call for service. This could be a sign the furnace has a cracked heat exchanger. If you do not have a CO detector, your home should have one. Papa Grant can provide and install carbon monoxide detectors in any home or building.
  4. If you smell gas coming from your furnace, while it could be something simple, it could also indicate a broken burner or a gas line leak. Turn your furnace off, open doors and windows and call for service.
  5. If your furnace is costing an ever-increasing amount of money each year to fix, or if your heating costs keep rising, it is a sign of the terminal decay of your furnace. At this point, it is more cost efficient to replace the old unit with a new one. Newer, energy efficient furnaces cost less when overall costs are calculated, ultimately benefiting you, your family and your pocketbook.

In most cases, preventative maintenance will save you money. In all cases, no one can afford their family or business to be without indoor heat when winter announces itself unexpectedly. If you notice any of the above signs present with your furnace, our company, Papa Grant, is able to provide furnace tune-ups to get your unit operating in tip-top shape.

Call us today and let’s get that furnace running in fine form!

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