Signs You May Need Furnace Maintenance | Is Your Home’s HVAC the Gift That Keeps on Giving?
When your HVAC system has a problem, you usually know.
While the weather is becoming cooler and reminding us that winter will settle in in no time, the coldest times of the year are still ahead of us in Western New York. When the weather outside is frightful, the last thing you want to happen it to have your furnace stop working. With the holiday season upon us, now is an especially inconvenient time for issues. Is your home’s HVAC the gift that keeps on giving? There are signs you may need furnace maintenance and knowing them can help you avoid an unexpected and uninvited breakdown.
Signs You May Need Furnace Maintenance
When your HVAC system has a problem, you usually know. There are signs when you may need furnace maintenance and you should not ignore them. We review some of the most common indicators below.
– Short-Cycling: When you sense that your furnace’s heating cycles are coming off and on often without your space reaching the set temperature on the thermostat (and there are no other issues), your furnace may be short-cycling. This is also a condition that prevents your home from heating up to a comfortable temperature (the spruce). There are several issues with your furnace that can cause this to happen, and all require you calling in a professional heating repair expert for help.
– Uneven Heating: Do you notice some rooms in your home feel colder than others? If your HVAC system is causing hot and cold spots throughout your Western New York home, that can be a sign that your ductwork has issues or your HVAC unit can no longer keep up with heating the space. If you suspect your home is being heated or cooled unevenly, you can check this by using an indoor thermometer. The age of your furnace could be the cause of this problem.
– Strange New Noises: Are there strange new sounds coming from the furnace? If so, you are not alone.We receive a lot of calls about heating units that begin making new noises. While your furnace may be working as intended, if it has started to make new sounds and loud noises, that is usually an indication that something is about to go wrong. Typically, when your furnace starts to make new sounds, especially a knocking or banging noise, this is a sign that something is not right and something is going bad in your unit and it is probably time for some furnace maintenance.
– Unpleasant and Odd Odors: Have you recently noticed a burning smell coming from your furnace? This could be a sign that you may need furnace maintenance. While a burning smell coming from your furnace when you first turn it on, isn’t always a bad thing and may be normal, if it is persistent or starts unexpectedly, you likely have an issue. If you noticed a burning smell coming from your furnace, there could be various causes, but in any case, you should shut off the unit and have a professional inspect it to avoid putting your home and family at risk.
A Fall Furnace Tune-up Can Help
Are there signs your furnace may need maintenance? Even if you don’t notice anything wrong, the fall is the perfect time for a HVAC tune-up to ensure seamless functionality of your heater throughout the colder months. Furnace tune-ups can help you identify signs of issues before they become full blown problems.
There are other benefits of an annual furnace inspection and tune-up, and it is not only that it helps you prevent unexpected breakdowns, it also boosts your heater’s energy efficiency. Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified heating professional. Most HVAC manufacturers have language in their warranties saying that damage to units, caused by inadequate maintenance, is not covered under the warranty.
As any seasoned homeowner knows, there are benefits to thinking and planning ahead. Preventative maintenance can help you avoid future headaches and expenses. It can also keep your heater running at its peak condition, boosting its energy-efficiency and ability to heat your home.
You should schedule a heating tune-up every year in the fall. Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help get your HVAC system ready for the winter ahead. Give us a call for heater maintenance in Hamburg, NY.