Just like you wouldn’t want your car to break down in the middle of a road trip, you don’t want your furnace to break down in the middle of a Kansas winter.
The common thread that can prevent both of these incidents is preventative maintenance.
Here are 3 the signs your furnace needs maintenance right away to prevent breakdowns and high energy bills.
1) Your furnace makes strange loud noises
It’s normal for furnaces to make certain noises like popping when it turns on and off (caused by minor expansions and contractions from the ducts) and a humming noise (caused by the blower wheel turning).
But if you hear the following noises, your furnace needs professional maintenance:
- Loud BANG when the furnace turns on (possibly caused by dirty burners)
- Metal scraping noise when the furnace runs (probably a problem with your blower wheel)
- Squealing or whining noise (probably a problem with the furnace’s belt)
Ignoring these noises could lead to an expensive breakdown during a cold winter night.
2) Your furnace hasn’t had professional maintenance in over a year
According to Energystar.gov, you need to “keep your…heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups.”
I know once a year seems like a lot, but it’s really not. Re-read the previous section again. Parts of the furnace get old, dirty, loose and out of place—these things affect the furnace’s efficiency and can lead to a costly breakdown.
Think of it like this: do you get your car’s oil changed only if runs out of oil and breaks down, or do you do it every 3000 miles/6 months to keep it in peak condition? You give your car attention because it’s expensive.
But so is your furnace.
Give it the loving attention it needs to keep you warm.
3) You’ve got higher energy bills than previous cold seasons
If your energy bills have been getting higher and higher every winter, your furnace is trying to tell you something. Like we mentioned in the previous section, your furnace needs professional maintenance or the energy efficiency drops.
Finding a professional you can trust
If you need help finding the right contractor for your furnace maintenance, here are some guidelines for finding the right heating contractor from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Don’t let the name fool you. These guidelines will help you find a contractor you can trust.
Have any questions? Let us know by asking one of our experts for help.
Santa Fe Air Conditioning and Heating serves the Kansas City area. For more information, contact us.