Warning Signs That Your Furnace May Be at Risk
Posted: December 20, 2021
What to look for
While there aren’t many certainties in life, one of the few is that people in Central Maine use their furnaces in the winter. That means that you are going to want the comfort and reassurance that your furnace is working efficiently and will last all through the winter season.
So how can you be sure that your furnace is up for the job?
If you’re experiencing any of the below with your current furnace, they may be warning signs that your equipment is at risk and may need to be replaced or repaired.
- Strange odors – If you notice a strange odor coming from your furnace, there may be an easy fix. For example, a dusty or burning smell could be caused by dirt and dust that has accumulated around the furnace. This smell usually fades after a few hours, but if it doesn’t you may need to change your air filter. Mechanical smells, like the smell of burning rubber or metallic, often indicate a more severe problem. We advise shutting off your heat entirely and calling a heating expert immediately. A rotten egg smell could mean that there is a gas leak in your furnace. If this is the case, do not touch the equipment. Instead, evacuate your house, keep your distance and call 911. Once you are cleared to go back home, contact us to have your furnace serviced by a professional.
- You’re spending a lot on repairs – If you’re spending more than half the cost of a brand new furnace on repairing your current furnace you should consider a replacement. This is by far the smarter move so that you don’t have to keep paying for multiple repairs.
- Strange noises – Strange noises such as screeching, popping or loud humming are indicators that it’s time for your furnace to be replaced.
While furnaces, like any other household appliance, experience wear and tear over time, require routine maintenance and do need to be replaced, certain problems could be the results of poor furnace installation, which can put you at risk.
Poor Furnace Installation
An improperly installed furnace can result in gas leaks, electrical issues due to faulty wiring, the system not working efficiently and issues with air quality. All of these problems put you and your home family at risk.
If you are having trouble with your furnace due to poor installation or otherwise, Murray-Heutz can help. Our licensed technicians are ready to service and install your heating equipment the right way. Call us today to let us know how we can help!