Winter Is Coming, Do You Need Furnace Repair?
Winter is coming to the San Antonio area and some people think that’s the time to consider whether or not furnace repair is needed. Take a step back, though, even if your heating system is keeping your home warm right now. The approach of winter is actually the time to take a look for those signs that your furnace may need repair in the future and to take care of those symptoms now.
Heating and air conditioning systems today all require preventive maintenance to keep the systems running at their peak performance levels. If periodic checks are not made on your system, it’s quite likely those systems will break at the most inopportune time. A furnace breakdown in winter means no heat at the coldest time of the year and a furnace repair bill could certainly break your budget.
Warning Signs That Furnace Repair Might Be Needed
The first warning sign is higher bills from your utility company from year to year. Of course, the bills go up when the first freeze hits. But is the bill still the same level as it was last year or the year before, after accounting for differences in fuel cost?
The next warning sign is noise. A furnace that is running normally should not make pops, rattles, squeals or banging noises. The blower should make some noise, but not excessively so.
The quality and warmth of the air being blown through the ducts into the home is the next warning sign. Are some rooms warm and others not? Is dust coming out of the vents? Is the air coming through the vents warm?
The next set of warning signs requires a look at the furnace itself. Does the blower come on when the thermostat clicks on? The ducts leading to and from the furnace should also be inspected. If there are any holes or open seams, the ducts need to be resealed or replaced. Look at the flame within the furnace. If it’s yellow, call your heating and air conditioning specialist immediately. A yellow flame is a sign of carbon monoxide production that could be fatal.
There are many other symptoms that can only be diagnosed by a heating and air conditioning specialist. The cost of furnace maintenance is much more preferable than the cost of furnace repair. The approach of winter is the best time to call up your local San Antonio specialist to come to your home and check out your heating and air conditioning systems. When a home furnace is tuned to run properly and efficiently, it keeps you comfortable while lowering utility bills and helping you avoid costly repair bills.