5 Signs You Need Help with Your Furnace

5 Signs You Need Help with Your Furnace

No matter how handy you are, there are times you need help with your furnace - professional help. One small mistake could cause your household a world of trouble. Your best bet is to call a trusted technician as soon as you observe one or more of the following problems:

1. The Furnace Won't Start or Requires Restarting

The older a furnace gets, the more difficult it can be to start. If you find yourself needing to restart the unit regularly, call a technician promptly. The issue could be a damaged thermostat or disconnected wiring. Otherwise, this may be the first sign that it's time for a new furnace.

2. The Furnace Creates Odd Smells

Does your furnace or the area around it smell strange? Does that smell linger for hours? Chances are it's time for an inspection. Everyone knows that familiar stale smell that's common if the furnace begins running for the first time in months. But this scent should dissipate quickly. If it lingers, the unit could contain excessive dust. (Of course, if it smells like gas, that's a whole different problem, and you need to get out and call the power company.)

3. Your Home Is Not Warm Enough

Does your furnace run and run and yet your home feels cold? Assuming you don't have inadequate insulation, your Furnace may require a little tender loving care. It's smart to call for service now. Your technician will inspect the unit to see why this is happening. It could be as simple as a faulty thermostat. Or, it might be leaking ductwork contributing to the problem.

4. Your Furnace Is Noisy

If your furnace emits squealing noises, there may be an issue with the fan. Loud banging can typically be attributed to broken internal components. Constant humming may signal a problem with your capacitor, especially if your furnace otherwise operates as desired. No matter the sounds that emerge from your furnace, resist the urge to ignore them and hope they'll go away. Call your technician and describe the noises in detail.

5. Surprising Increases in Heating Costs

Changing weather patterns are typically responsible for significant bumps in heating costs. But sometimes, furnace issues play a role as well. If your latest bill shocked you, but you don't think cold weather was to blame, give your technician a call. With a professional inspection, you can find out what's going on.

Seemingly minor symptoms could indicate major problems with your furnace. Keep an eye out for unexpected changes with your HVAC system. The sooner you address issues, the better.

Worried that your furnace may be on its way out? Even more worried that calling a pro will mean a big bill and an even bigger hassle?

Completely understandable! We all watch our expenses like hawks these days - and time is even more valuable than money since we can't make more.

If you’re a homeowner or commercial property owner in Westchester County and need help with your furnace, call Atlas Tech Services at (914) 502-2040. Our highest goal is providing the kind of outstanding customer service and fair pricing that will make us the HVAC company you trust again and again.