Does My Furnace Need Repaired? Pt. 2

Previously we discussed preparing your furnace for the winter months. In continuation with the last blog, we’ll continue to discuss some insecurities brought about by your furnace not working to its full potential.

Yellow pilot light: When you check on your furnace and notice that your pilot light is burning yellow, you may not think anything of it at first. The trouble is that a yellow flame indicates that the gas combination of your furnace is not in good condition. A blue flame is the ideal because it indicates an ideal balance of gases. Yellow can indicate problem gases such as Carbon Monoxide.

Furnace won’t run continuously: Furnace repairs that might be needed to correct this problem are replacing a thermostat, faulty wiring, repairing a pilot light, or fixing a fan motor

Poor air quality: If your furnace needs repairs, you can often see a rise in the frequency that you and your family experience breathing-related troubles such as asthma, allergies, and other illnesses. A poorly-functioning system can be putting dust, mold, and other irritants into the air that circulates through your home.

Does My Furnace Need Repaired? Pt. 1

It’s the time of year when you should be scheduling your semi-annual HVAC inspection.  Not only should you be thinking about scheduling your appointment, but you should also be aware of the signs that your furnace is infact unwell. Does it make weird noises? Does it smell funny? Does it not get warm enough?  All of the signs are signaling a furnace in need of some (hopefully) basic repairs. This first blog is going to discuss a few issues we hear customer’s having with their furnace.

Furnace making angry noises: While it’s true that no furnace is going to be whisper-quiet, it is also not normal for a furnace to be making all manner of strange noises. If you hear sounds that sound like something out of a horror film (groaning, banging, and whining noises) your furnace repairs might include replacing a loose belt, correcting an ignition problem, or replacing a component that is about to fail.

Furnace won’t get warm: When you’re cold, your natural response is to try to warm things up. Usually all you need to do if you have a furnace is go bump the heat up a few notches at the thermostat…but what if this isn’t working? Your thermostat may be faulty, or you may have leaking ducts, or a problem with your pilot light.

High electric bills: Higher than normal electricity bills often indicate inefficient performance, which can be caused by a variety of problems. It is best to have a qualified professional diagnose the issue rather than trying to do so yourself.