You rely on your furnace during the winter to keep your home warm and comfortable. Furnace problems can occur at any time during the heating season, affecting the efficiency of your HVAC system and leading to high heating bills or trouble keeping your home at the temperature you want. Knowing some of the most common signs that you need furnace repair in Omaha can help you head off furnace problems before they can affect the comfort of your home and your family.
There is naturally some noise associated with your HVAC system while it operates, and chances are that you are pretty familiar with these sounds. However, strange or unexpected sounds emanating from your furnace often indicate that there is something wrong. Loud bangs, clangs, groans, or whining sounds are typically signs that certain components of your furnace, such as the ignition system or a moving belt, are wearing out or damaged. As soon as you notice odd sounds coming from your furnace, call in a heating expert for an evaluation to determine the source of the noise and correct it.
Constant Thermostat Adjustments
If you find yourself constantly adjusting your thermostat with very little result, it’s a sure sign that your furnace needs repairs. A failing furnace cannot provide the heat you expect, failing to meet your thermostat’s set temperature and leaving you feeling chilly, despite constant adjustments. Even if most of your home feels warm enough, noticeable cold spots are also a sign that your furnace or ductwork needs attention to restore comfortable and consistent heating throughout your home.
Turning On and Off
When it’s working properly, your furnace will turn on, remain active for a period of time, then turn off again once the desired temperature has been achieved. Changes in this pattern, such as a furnace that is struggling to turn on or a furnace that turns on and off constantly with very little result, indicate a problem with either your furnace’s efficiency or its components. Malfunctioning temperature sensors, ignition systems, fuel lines, or electrical components could be causing this pattern of constant cycling; not only does this behavior cost you extra money due to lost efficiency, it also won’t heat your home very well. If you notice this type of cycling, call your heating service to take a look at your HVAC system, rather than continue to put up with a struggling furnace.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Your HVAC system plays an integral role in the quality of the air inside your home. When your furnace is dirty or failing, you may notice a detectable increase in the amount of dust on flat surfaces, even after you have just cleaned. Indoor air that is excessively dry can also be due to a failing furnace or a problem with the humidifier system your furnace employs if one is installed. Even if you don’t notice a change in your indoor air quality and increased incidence of asthma, allergies, or upper respiratory illnesses among family members could be related to furnace function and should prompt you to schedule an inspection to determine whether furnace repairs are needed.
Maintaining your furnace will improve the comfort and air quality inside your home, while helping you to save money on heating bills and preventing premature replacement of this valuable appliance. Take a look through our website to learn more about our full range of heating and cooling services in Omaha, or click through our new blog for the latest HVAC information and tips.