Furnaces are not like vehicles. If you take good care of your car, you have a chance of getting some value out of it when you trade it in four or five years down the road. But if you try to trade in a furnace, even one that has received lots of care, it won’t be worth anything at all.
This is why it makes sense to keep your furnace until it can no longer be resuscitated. If that’s the case, it also makes sense to squeeze all the juice out of it until you need to replace it with a new and better one.
All Hours Plumbing and HVAC notes that you should learn to identify whether your system is due for furnace service in Utah. Here are some indications that you should call a professional to do it:
It’s Been a While
A furnace that hasn’t been serviced for at least a year is due for service, no doubt. If the furnace came with the house when you bought it, whether the seller told you they took good care of the furnace or not, it’s a good idea to call a technician to check.
The Furnace is Leaking Water
A clogged condensate line is usually to blame for water leaks. Other than HVAC expertise, the person who services the furnace should also understand plumbing, so avoid going the DIY route with this. Call a professional to ensure safety and quality of work.
It’s Leaking Gas
This is a lot more dangerous than leaking water. When a furnace is leaking carbon monoxide, the pilot light usually lights up yellow. Shut down the furnace and turn off the gas supply valve inside the furnace. It’s important to know where it is, so read your owner’s manual. After that, call a technician. Air out the house and do not light any open flames.
Thumping, banging, and scraping sounds coming from your furnace indicate that it needs inspection. Shut it down and call your technician as soon as possible.
Weak or Cold Air
You will probably notice if your furnace is not producing the same amount of warm air, and definitely, know if it’s blowing cold air. Call your technician before the problem becomes worse.
It’s Ineffective and Your Bills are Rising
When your energy bills are out of control, you should call your technician immediately, as your HVAC is about to cost you a lot more with an expensive repair if you don’t act now.
These signs should tell you that your furnace definitely needs servicing. It’s not cheap to replace a broken HVAC unit, so be sure to give your furnace the care it needs.