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Even though you’re quite confident about your furnace since you were made to believe it’s one of the most advanced and priciest models, the fact will always remain – it won’t last forever. In most instances, furnaces are meant to last 15 years. However, your furnace wouldn’t last that long if you don’t know how to properly and regularly maintain it.
So, if you really want to make the most out of your newly installed furnace or an existing one, then you have to understand the signs that it already needs repair; after all, that’s basically the only responsibility to will have to shoulder since the actual repair must only be performed by a qualified service technician.
1 – You forgot to have your furnace serviced in a year or even longer.
When was the last time you called in a trained HVAC technician to check on your furnace? If you no longer can trace back the time when you had your furnace checked, it only means that it needs to be subjected to a comprehensive inspection immediately. The lack of inspection could even mean that you have not changed your filter for a very long time.
2 – There is water pooling around the furnace.
Furnaces always will be prone to leaks, and it could either be oil, gas, or water. While you wouldn’t worry that much if water is leaking, but if the leak is gas or oil, then that’s way more serious. As for the case of water leaking, the most obvious sign is pooling near or under the furnace. It is important that you call in a qualified furnace repair technician right away if there is a leak because it could be your condensate line failing or clogging, which eventually will result to the furnace’s inability to produce heat.
3 – You smell leaking gas.
Luckily, it’s very easy to detect a gas leak because you will immediately smell gas. The first thing you must do is shut the furnace down the soonest time possible. You then will have to open up the furnace to find the location of the gas supply valve; this is important because you likewise have to turn it off. Never turn the lights on or light any matches or candles while you wait for the furnace repair expert to arrive.
4 – All of a sudden, your utility bills unexpectedly increase.
Lastly, in case you see a sudden spike in your utility bills, it could mean that your furnace is working harder than usual to produce heat inside your home, which in turn relates to the use of more fuel than usual. The only way to figure out if there is a problem with the furnace, causing it to work hard is by calling in a qualified service technician.