As Baltimore quickly cools down into fall, more people are turning up the heat. But is your furnace ready for the cold, unforgiving winter the East coast is expected to have this year? The last thing you need in the middle of a snow storm is a furnace failure. There are typically warning signs if a heating system is on its last legs. Don’t ignore these signs. Furnace repair is best done before your system kicks the bucket.
If you’re not sure what the common warning signs of a furnace failure are, continue reading to learn what you should be looking (or listening) for. Be attentive this fall and winter, and if you have any doubts, consult a contractor. It’s hard to have holiday cheer when your home feels like Jack Frost has paid a visit!
Look For: Burner Flame Color
A furnace in good working order should have a solid flame that is blue in color. If the flame is flickering, or is yellow, this is a sign your furnace is not working properly. In fact, it could even be creating carbon monoxide, which is extremely dangerous. If you notice a change in color or consistency of your furnace’s flame, contact a furnace repair specialist immediately! Other warning signs that your furnace is creating carbon monoxide include lack of upward chimney draft and soot around the furnace.
Listen For: Strange Noises
Furnaces aren’t exactly known for being noise-free, but you should know what your furnace normally sounds like. If it’s making strange noises, such as rattling, banging or popping, it’s time to look into repairs. In addition, pay attention to how often it’s running. If it’s constantly blowing, and if so, is the air ever cool? Listen to make sure your heating system is turning off and on when it needs to. Constant running is bad for your furnace, and for your pockets.
Watch: Your Gas & Electric Bill
Electricity and gas are already costly utilities in Baltimore, and a bad furnace will drive the bills higher. If you notice your gas & electric bill steadily or suddenly increasing, you may want to have your furnace looked at as the possible culprit. If a problematic furnace is left unattended, your bills could be driven WAY higher than you’d expect—no one wants a steep utility bill for the holidays.
Don’t Lose Your Hot Air, Schedule a Furnace Repair
Attempting furnace repair yourself is dangerous. Only a professional can fix your furnace quickly, safely, and without worry.
Fresh Air Concepts does both furnace installation and repair, and you can be guaranteed a professional will be in charge of your project from start to finish.
Whether you are in need of a service, furnace repair or equipment replacement and installation, Fresh Air Concepts has you covered.
To learn more about furnace repair and warning signs of furnace failure, please contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 1-800-708-4FAC! Fresh Air Concepts is your complete mechanical contracting company. We offer furnace installation, maintenance, and repair services throughout Baltimore and Maryland.