Furnace Safety: 5 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

There is nothing worse than finding out that your furnace is broken in the middle of the cold months. That is why as early as the fall season, you should be aware of the warning signs that signify furnace troubles and the need for immediate repairs.

Here are five warning signs that homeowners like you should spot and never ignore:

  1. Rising Energy Bill

Let’s face it. HVAC systems are among the energy hogs at home. And a failing furnace can double and triple your energy usage if not given attention. Most of the time, furnaces only need a thorough inspection and repair to function properly, but there are also times when a high energy bill already portrayed that your unit is on its last leg.

  1. Uneven Temperature

Do you feel hot and cold spots in your home? Are there areas at home that feel warmer than the other? When a furnace is not in its best condition, it can cause uneven distribution of warm air which causes hot and cold spots. Not only will it make you less comfortable inside, but it can also be a sign of a major issue in your system.

  1. Poor Indoor Air Quality

One important thing that an HVAC unit fails to give your home is a healthy, breathable air when it is malfunctioning. With poor IAQ, sometimes you can feel like your home is too dusty. The first check should be on the filters, but if the filter is clean, immediately call a professional for further diagnosis on your unit.

  1. Too Much Noise and Bad Smell

It is normal for furnaces to create sounds during its operation. But if it turns louder, and the sounds aren’t the ones you heard before, then it is time to have the system checked. The same thing with smelling an awful “rotten egg” odor as your unit starts kicking. These are all indications that something is wrong in the mechanical or electrical components of your unit.

  1. Carbon Monoxide

If you are using a gas furnace, be sure to pay attention to a yellow flame for it indicates an excessive production of CO gas. You can also check for moisture on nearby surfaces, no updraft on the chimney and soot streaking for these are also the indications of CO production. Additionally, CO leak also signals that the heat exchanger of your furnace is broken and your unit needs major repair.

Take heed of these warning signs to keep your home safe for the fall and winter seasons. If any of these is bothering your comfort right now, feel free to call us at Webb Air Conditioning for immediate assistance. Schedule an appointment today, and we will bring back your comfort and peace of mind in no time.