Furnace Maintenance Guide: Signs Your Furnace Has Issues

Furnace Maintenance Guide: Signs Your Furnace Has Issues

When it comes to keeping your home or building warm during the Utah winter, ensuring your furnace is in good shape and operating properly is a top priority. This is done both in the form of preventive maintenance and reactive maintenance - stopping issues before they arise, but also knowing the signs that they might have appeared and how to remedy them.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we're happy to offer a variety of heater repair services to Riverton and nearby clients, including general maintenance for any season of the year. In this two-part blog series, we'll go over the role homeowners play here - today's part one will look at some signs that issues might be present in your furnace, while part two next time will go over some simple steps that most homeowners are easily capable of taking when it comes to standard system maintenance.

No Heat

Naturally, one of the most notable signs that your furnace is not operating as well as it should be is that it fails to produce heat. When this occurs, there are a few potential issues at play: the thermostat may need adjusting; the circuit breaker could have tripped; or the pilot light might be off due to clogged filters or an airflow obstruction.

In some cases, this can be remedied with a simple adjustment, while in others, it may require more technical repairs.

Strange Noises

The furnace should always operate quietly and evenly when turned on - any noises that are out of the ordinary can indicate a problem. This could include rattling, squealing or thumping sounds coming from the unit itself. In these cases, it’s important to call in a professional for inspection and repair.

Odd Smells

If you notice an odd smell coming from the furnace, such as burning rubber or plastic, this can indicate an issue with one of the components inside the unit. If not addressed quickly, this could lead to more serious (and expensive) problems down the line, so it’s best to contact a professional right away.

Rising Energy Bills

Have you begun to notice an increase in your energy bills? This could be because the furnace is having to work harder and longer than it should due to a mechanical or electrical issue. Don’t ignore any signs of trouble - call in a technician right away for an inspection and repair if necessary.

Pilot Light Indicators

In other cases, the pilot light can be a good indicator of furnace trouble. It should remain lit at all times when the unit is functioning properly. If it’s flickering or going off, this could mean there’s an issue with either the gas supply or the thermocouple - both scenarios require technical expertise to get to the bottom of.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we understand how important it is to have your Riverton furnace running properly throughout the winter. With these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared to spot any signs of trouble and take appropriate action if necessary. Stay tuned for part two next time, when we’ll go over a few basic maintenance areas to attend to within your furnace!