If you’re like many Coeur d’Alene homeowners, there’s a good chance you’ve been using a furnace for your winter heating needs. This is, after all, the most common type of residential heating system across the nation. This also means, of course, that our team sees a lot of them and is pro at repairing and servicing furnaces.
Our prompt repair team will get your malfunctioning heater back in good working order. Of course, this means you’d have to know you have repair needs to begin with, and some furnace repair issues can be tricky to spot at first. We’re here to help you detect these problems early on so that our team can get to you ASAP before the problem grows worse and you’re stuck with a completely broken down heater when you need it the most. Read on for a list of warning signs, and if you notice any of these, give us a call!
Strange or Excessive Noises Coming from the System
If you’ve had your furnace through even just one winter in our area, we’re going to assume you use it quite a bit, and therefore are familiar with the noises it makes on a daily basis during its operation. So if your furnace becomes louder than usual, or you hear sounds that you aren’t expecting or aren’t familiar with, it almost always indicates that something is amiss.
These noises might include something like mechanical shrieking—indicative of motor bearings running down—or grinding, which is a sign that motors need lubrication. You might even hear clicking, which could mean you have a cracked heat exchanger. This is definitely one sign that should never be ignored! Rattling is another possible sound you might hear, and probably means your furnace has loose parts.
This is another problem that would be signaled by a particular sound—that is, the sound of your furnace turning on and off rapidly, rather than in its regular, steady cycles. What’s occurring here is that something is causing the furnace to finish its heating cycle too early, and this puts a large amount of strain on the components. It also, as a result, raises your energy costs and doesn’t give your furnace time to adequately distribute heat throughout your home.
This trouble can be something as simple as clogged air filter, which is, fortunately, something you can fix on your own—you should be changing your air filter out every 1-3 months. On the other hand, something more serious could be at play here. So if changing the air filter doesn’t do the trick, please call our team right away.
Your Energy Bills Are Higher Than They Should Be
Sure, we imagine some of this is subjective. After all, do you really want to be paying as much as you are to heat your home? What we’re talking about though, is heating bills that are much higher than they were this time last year—if you’ve used your heater pretty much the same amount, and have comparable use to your neighbors, there’s no reason for your energy bills to be too much higher than they were last year.