Might Your Furnace Need a Checkup? Here’s How to Know for Sure.

Furnace problems have a way of occurring at the worst possible time (not that there’s any particularly good time for it to happen). Prevention is always preferable to reacting after the fact when it comes to heating issues during the winter. While some system failures indeed seem to come out of the blue, many furnace issues give advance clues that something’s amiss before a major malfunction leaves you shivering. Here are some typical signs of potential furnace problems that should not be ignored.

  • Heating costs are rising. Unless the local cost of natural gas has recently risen notably or the winter’s unusually cold, rising monthly bills may indicate loss of furnace efficiency due to issues such as dirty or clogged burners, defective electronic controls, venting issues, etc.
  • Heating performance is declining. If the furnace just doesn’t keep the house comfortable anymore, and other possible problems such as ductwork leaks and cold-air infiltration are ruled out, the unit is simply not producing sufficient BTUs of heat. A furnace checkup by a qualified HVAC service technician may turn up components that are becoming marginal and may fail soon.
  • Your system is running very short or long cycles. A furnace that cycles on and off unusually fast — or, conversely, one that seems to run almost continuously — is warning of problems that can range from internal overheating to thermostat issues. Either of these signs warrants a call for professional service ASAP.
  • Your furnace is getting really old. Yes, that’s a warning sign. Most gas-fired furnaces have an expected service life of 15 to 20 years. If yours is somewhere in that range, you can expect that accumulating wear and tear may increasingly affect furnace components and impact system reliability. If you don’t know the age of the furnace installed in your house, copy down the serial number on the unit’s manufacturer’s plate and contact the company to find out.

At Paitson Bros., we’ve been resolving furnace problems in the Wabash Valley since the winter of 1922. Contact us for a quick response and qualified professional service.

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