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Warning Signs That You Need Furnace Repair & Service

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Does My Furnace Need Service? Here’s How To Tell.

Winter weather is chilly here in Utah. As the cold blows in, you turn your thermostat to HEAT and wait for warm air to fill your home. But, if you turned on your furnace and still feel a chill or notice other issues, your system may need to be fixed. Some signs that you need a furnace repair are easy to miss while others are dangerous if unnoticed, especially when using a gas furnace. The heating pros here at Western will walk you through 5 warning signs your furnace needs repair so you are not caught by surprise.

Sign #1 – You Are Cold

Kind of a no-brainer, right? Well, not necessarily. If your furnace goes out, you will know immediately. But if it’s still running, warning signs that it has a problem may not be obvious. Things to look out for include:

  • Your unit is running but the warm air has a weak airflow. 
  • The air from the heater is not as warm as it should be. 
  • The temperature is comfortable inside your home, but you notice your heating system runs constantly. It does not cycle off even though it is set to AUTO

These conditions indicate that something is wrong with your heater. The solution could be as simple as replacing your air filter or more complex, like an ignition problem. When you notice and address the issue early, you save yourself time, money and hassle by avoiding a complete system shutdown.

Sign #2 – Your Furnace Is Old

Like any home appliance, furnaces have a lifespan. Once a furnace starts pushing 20 years old it is probably time to replace it. Between 15 and 20 years old is the average age when furnaces start requiring more service. To prevent a sudden breakdown, call a professional furnace technician for an inspection. They will be able to tell you if your furnace can last a few more years or if it would be beneficial to install a new one .

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Sign #3 – Your Utility Bills Keep Increasing

If you notice a sudden spike in your utility bills, it may be due to a problem with your furnace. Heating and cooling systems are the largest appliances in our household, so they use the most energy. If the furnace is not working properly, it may be working harder to compensate for a malfunction, drawing more energy than usual to get your home to a comfortable temperature while increasing your bill. 

Sign #4 – The Burner Flame Is Yellow

If you notice your pilot light is burning yellow instead of blue, it is a sign of carbon monoxide leaking into your home. If you notice that the pilot light is burning yellow, contact a repairman right away . It is also imperative that you have a functional carbon monoxide detector installed if you are running a gas furnace.

Sign #5 – You Hear Strange Noises

If your furnace is suddenly making strange noises, don’t ignore them. Call a furnace repair technician right away. Unusual noises mean there is something broken or loose in your furnace that needs attention. If left alone, the problem can only get worse, causing you to lose your heat entirely and increase the likelihood of a large furnace repair bill. 

Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs – Call Western Today

For issues with your furnace, you can count on the team at Western Heating and Air. Our expert technicians are available day and night for service. We also offer routine inspections to check for any issues with your system. Regular tune-ups ensure you aren’t left in the cold without a functioning heater . Connect with us today to schedule your service in and around Orem and Lehi, UT !

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