As temperatures drop around us, our priority shifts to staying warm and comfortable inside our homes. And when it comes to keeping our homes warm, our furnace plays a key role. However, just like any other complex machinery, furnaces can break down due to wear and tear, age, and neglect. As a local, trusted heating and cooling expert, Ainsley Heating & Cooling has put together a list of ten tell-tale signs that your furnace needs repairs. Knowing these signs can help you ensure that your furnace stays in tip-top shape, providing you with a warm and cozy home all winter long.

  1. Poor Air Flow: If you notice weak or inconsistent airflow from your vents, it could be a sign that your furnace needs to be repaired. This could be caused by dirty filters, a malfunctioning blower motor, or a blocked air duct. Poor airflow can affect your comfort level and cause hot or cold spots in your home.
  2. Strange Noises: Furnaces make noise, but if you notice any unusual sounds, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Rattling, popping, and banging noises could indicate a problem with the furnace’s blower motor or ductwork, while a continuous humming noise could be an indication that the transformer or capacitor needs to be replaced.
  3. High Energy Bills: If you’ve noticed a sudden spike in your energy bills without any change in your heating habits, it could be a sign that your furnace is not working efficiently. A faulty furnace will consume more energy to produce the same amount of heat, resulting in higher heating costs.
  4. Delayed Ignition: When you turn your furnace on, you should hear a clicking sound as the igniter starts the combustion process. If you notice that the ignition is delayed or doesn’t happen at all, it could be a sign that the igniter or flame sensor needs to be replaced.
  5. Yellow Pilot Light: The pilot light on your furnace should be blue, indicating that the gas is burning efficiently. If the flame is yellow, it could be a sign that the furnace is producing carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas that can cause illness or even death.
  6. Short-Cycling: Short-cycling refers to a situation where your furnace turns on and off rapidly, without completing a full heating cycle. This could be caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, dirty filters, or a faulty flame sensor, among other things.
  7. Unpleasant Odors: If you notice any musty or burning smells coming from your furnace, it’s time to call in a professional. A burning smell can be caused by overheating or a failed motor, while a musty smell may indicate mold growth in your ductwork.
  8. No Heat: This one is obvious, but if your furnace is not producing any heat, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. This could be caused by a faulty thermostat, a broken igniter, or even a gas line issue.
  9. Age: Furnaces have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. If your furnace is older than that, it may be time to consider a replacement. Older furnaces are less efficient and can cost more in repairs and maintenance.
  10. Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm: If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, exit your home immediately. Call your gas company or HVAC technician ASAP to have them check your furnace and ensure everything is working properly.
  11. Water Leaks: Water condensation is the most common reason for furnace leaks. Water is being forced out of the heating vents into your home, and then it falls back down to the ground, where it puddles up on your floor. This is not uncommon during the winter months. If you notice that your furnace is turning on and off frequently, and if you see water on the floor more often than before, then it may be an indication of a leak.
  12. Gas Leaks: If the gas supply to your furnace is leaking, you may hear a hissing noise in addition to the rotten smell. If you hear hissing, this indicates a severe leak. As a result, you need to shut off the gas valve and arrange an immediate inspection. If you suspect a gas leak, please call the fire department or gas company. They can help you assess where the leak is originating.

Your furnace is a vital component of your home’s heating system, and it’s important to keep it in good condition. If you notice any of the signs listed above, it’s time to call Ainsley Heating & Cooling.  We offer 24/7 emergency service at no additional cost. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Contact us today at (330) 235-1176 to learn more!

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