Time For Furnace Maintenance?
Signs You May Be Overdue for Heater Maintenance
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to realize your home is freezing cold. A good way to prevent this from happening is to schedule an annual furnace maintenance. Its an easy step you should take to prevent your furnace from breaking down on a day when you need it the most. Even if your furnace has never given you any issues, it is never a good idea to skip a furnace tune-up. Below we review signs you may be overdue for heater maintenance.
No Heat or Inconsistent Temperatures
One of the most obvious signs your furnace needs a tune up is if there is no heat coming through your vents when you turn your furnace on. HVAC systems are meant to keep your home at a consistent temperature so any sudden drops or increases in temperature are a sign of issues. If you are unable to reach a comfortable level in your home and find yourself often changing the settings on the thermostat contact us to schedule a tune-up. Fortunately, a furnace maintenance can take care of temperature issues quickly.
Unexpected Rise In Energy Bills
Its normal to see a small increase in your energy bills during furnace season. However, if you notice they are continuously rising and notice no difference in comfort it may be a sign your furnace is working harder to reach the set temperature. As the HVAC system ages, they lose efficiency especially if they have not been regularly maintained. Inefficient units cost more to run because they are working twice as hard to keep your home comfortable. If you see an unexpected rise in your bills contact us for furnace maintenance, our technicians will make sure your system is running properly and efficiently. Save money and even extend the life of your HVAC system with a maintenance visit.
It is normal for the furnace to make sounds when in operation especially at the start of the season. However, unusual loud sounds you are not accustomed to hearing could be a sign that your furnace needs maintenance or repairs. Grinding, hissing, rattling, or squeaking sounds are sure signs that you need to schedule furnace maintenance.
If your heating system has started to emit odd odors it is a sign that something is not right. An electrical smell may signal something is not right with wiring while a mildew smell can suggest the condensate drain may be clogged or mold growth in the system. If you notice any unusual smells give us a call to schedule furnace maintenance.
Yellow or Orange Pilot Light
When operating properly the burner in your furnace should be blue. If you notice the pilot light yellow or orange in color, it indicates it is burning inefficiently or a carbon monoxide leak. It is a sure sign that your furnace needs a tune-up or repair as soon as possible.
A change in the air quality of your home is an indicator that your heating system is dirty and in need of routine maintenance. Have you noticed an increase in the amount of dust throughout your home? Any buildup of dust and other contaminants may also lead to unpleasant and stale air. Have you noticed the air in your home is dry? Your HVAC system should automatically balance out humidity levels, so if you notice a change in the humidity level you may need an HVAC tune-up. Furthermore, any worsening of allergies or asthma is a sure sign of poor indoor air quality. Older systems or ones that have not been properly maintained can have clogged filters, causing poor indoor air quality. Be sure to keep your furnace properly maintained to keep you and your family comfortable in your home.
If you notice that warm air is not spreading throughout all the rooms in your home, this is often a sign of issues with the air flow system. Airflow issues could result in overheating of the system and a complete breakdown of the system. Any issues with the airflow should be addressed immediately.
Furnace is Short Cycling
Short cycling is when your furnace turns on for a few seconds and then turns off, never allowing the system to run a full cycle. This is a sign your furnace is due for a tune-up. It could be due to faulty wiring, faulty fan motor or thermostat. This is an unnecessary strain on your system that could lead to costly furnace repairs or furnace replacement.
Benefits of Routine Maintenance
As your system ages, the more important routine maintenance becomes. Overtime the efficiency will reduce, but routine maintenance can help ensure your system keeps running properly and efficiently as long as possible, reducing the risk for costly repairs and high energy bills. Routine furnace maintenance can uphold manufacturers warranty, improve airflow, and indoor air quality and extend the lifespan of your system.
Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air
Give LA Construction, Heating and Air a call today at 818-341-3406 or contact us online to schedule furnace maintenance. We will inspect your furnace and make sure it is ready to keep you comfortable on those cold days.
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