Even though you’re quite confident about your furnace since you were made to believe it’s one of the most advanced and priciest models, the fact will always remain – it won’t last forever. But for the most part, furnaces can last 15 years before major problems start surfacing. But then again, there’s no way your furnace will last that long if you don’t value proper and regular maintenance.
Now if you plan on taking advantage of your furnace for as long as it’s possible, then you at least have to understand and learn the signs that it needs repairs; and with that skill, you’d be able to know when to call in a qualified service technician to fix it for you.
1 – You haven’t serviced your furnace for a year or two.
Can you recall the last time you called a qualified HVAC technician to inspect your furnace? The fact that you no longer can determine when’s the last time you have it checked only means that your furnace needs to be inspected for major problems right away. The lack of inspection could even mean that you have not changed your filter for a very long time.
2 – There’s water pooling around the furnace.
Furnaces always will be prone to leaks, and it could either be oil, gas, or water. While you wouldn’t worry that much if water is leaking, but if the leak is gas or oil, then that’s way more serious. The most obvious sign of a leak is pooling near or underneath the furnace. It’s very important for you to call a qualified furnace repair technician once you observe there’s a leak because there’s a big possibility that the condensate line is clogged or damaged.
3 – You smell leaking gas.
It’s true that a gas leak is an emergency situation, but the good thing is that whenever there’s a leak, it’s very easy to detect because of the smell. The first thing you must do is shut the furnace down the soonest time possible. You then will have to open up the furnace to find the location of the gas supply valve; this is important because you likewise have to turn it off. You never should turn the lights off or light matches as you patiently wait for the furnace repair technician to arrive.
4 – If your utility bills suddenly increase without any apparent reason.
Finally, if you received your utility bill and saw that the amount skyrocketed compared to the previous one, then it only means that you’re probably forcing your furnace to work very hard, thereby causing it to use more fuel than usual. The only way to figure out if there is a problem with the furnace, causing it to work hard is by calling in a qualified service technician.