It can be easy to take your furnace for granted -- adjust the thermostat, wait a few minutes and you'll soon change from being cold to comfy and warm. You'll often realize the immense value that your furnace provides to your home when it stops working correctly. When this occurs, it's beneficial to call a licensed contractor right away to determine the reason for the problem, order the necessary replacement parts and install them. While furnace issues are always a hassle, the good news is that you'll often get early warning signs that something isn't right, which means you can quickly get your contractor over to your home to catch the problem before it becomes worse. Here are three early warning signs of problems.
Your Heating Bills Have Jumped Dramatically
Barring changes in the rate that you pay for your electricity or natural gas, you should typically have a rough idea of how much your heating bill will be each month. If you're shocked to see the amount is significantly higher on any given month, it could be a sign that your furnace is operating in an inefficient manner. For example, if the heating coil has partially burned out, the furnace will have to run much longer to raise the temperature in your home to your desired level -- and it will be increasing your heating bill the entire time.
You Hear Noises You Haven't Heard Before
Over time, you should be accustomed to the sound of your furnace when it's running. Typically, a low-level hum is what you hear when the system is in proper working order. However, several different sounds can provide an early warning sign that something isn't right. If you hear a high-frequency squealing sound, for example, it could be a sign of bearing problems in the motor or a belt that is wearing out. Excessive rattling can often indicate that there's a problem with your ducts.
Your Home Isn't Heating As Quickly As Usual
Whether due to a failing heating coil, a leak in your ducts, or any other host of problems, an easy way to tell that your furnace needs the attention of a professional is if isn't heating your home in a timely manner. Through prolonged use, you'll get a general idea of how long it will take for your furnace to raise the heating level to where you find it comfortable. If you're constantly checking your thermostat and are concerned that it's not as hot as it should be, it's time to get your contractor on the phone.
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