Regardless of how advanced or pricey your furnace is when you bought it, the fact remains that it’s not designed to last forever. But for the most part, furnaces can last 15 years before major problems start surfacing. But you only can achieve that through 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 haven’t serviced your furnace for a year or two.
When was the last time you called in a trained HVAC technician to check on 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 always will be prone to leaks, and it could either be oil, gas, or water. You probably wouldn’t be that concerned if the leak is water; but if it’s gas or oil, now that’s doubly serious. As for the case of water leaking, the most obvious sign is pooling near or under the furnace. It is important that you call in a qualified furnace repair technician right away if there is a leak because it could be your condensate line failing or clogging, which eventually will result to the furnace’s inability to produce heat.
3 – There’s a smell of glass leaking.
It’s true that a gas leak is an emergency situation, but the good thing is that whenever there’s a leak, it’s very easy to detect because of the smell. First of all, you need to prevent a major accident from happening by shutting the furnace down right away once you realize there’s a leak. Next, you need to find out where the gas supply valve is inside your furnace 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 – You observe that your most recent utility bill has increased without doing anything different the last time.
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. The only way to figure out if there is a problem with the furnace, causing it to work hard is by calling in a qualified service technician.