This might be a hard question to answer as a homeowner but bear with us—most homeowners don’t even have to answer this question themselves. Maintenance services are designed to give an HVAC professional the tools to tell you exactly what condition your furnace is in. This is why we push for this service so heavily during the fall, because it will answer this question in the fastest and easiest method possible.
However, let’s say you’re just a curious homeowner. You’ve already got a maintenance appointment scheduled in the future and you just want to know the relative shape of your furnace. We totally understand, and this is the blog for you.
We’ll talk about some common signs that point towards the need for heating repair in Bluffton, SC. If your furnace fits into this category, then maybe repairs can be scheduled sooner rather than later.
Common Reasons Why a Furnace Might Be Struggling
We appreciate that homeowners who are reading this blog are trying to get ahead of their furnace problems. Here are a few things that could point you in the right direction when determining what’s wrong.
First of all, when your furnace runs, what does it sound like? This is an important question to ask yourself, because sounds can be one of the first and most important ways to tell that your HVAC system is having trouble. For starters, uncomfortable or loud noises can signal that your furnace is struggling or that it could be running in an unsafe way.
We recommend getting any noises investigated by a professional. This includes anything from grinding to booming, bumping, rattling, or whirring, all of these noises can spell problems that you’re likely paying for in inefficiency and poor comfort.
It’s perfectly natural to start up your gas furnace for the first time in the season and experience an influx of bad scents. This is usually the smell of dust being burned as the system gets back into its normal groove. It usually only happens for a few minutes.
If you’re noticing foul odors like burning rubber, smoke, gas, or another scent that doesn’t seem right or that lasts for more than a few minutes, then we urge you to call our team for help after shutting the system off.
Foul odors are a really important sign to take seriously and if your furnace smells bad, make sure it gets addressed soon!
It’s Not Working As It Should
Another important factor to measure the condition of your furnace system is how well it works. We’re talking about how comfortable your home is, and the bills that you pay for that comfort.
If your home is constantly too cold, dealing with cold areas, or it’s generally just not as comfortable as you’d like it to be, then that can signal to you that there’s a problem with your system.
Also, if it feels like you’re paying for subpar comfort but your bills are as high as ever, then your HVAC system is running inefficiently. This is a very good reason to call for repairs.