Sometimes it’s hard to know if a problem is building up within your HVAC equipment before something goes wrong.
The small signs of an overworking or breaking unit are easy to ignore, especially as the weather continues to change.
Now is the time to get your furnace inspected and repaired before winter begins. Here are a few signs to keep an eye out for:
Is your heating inconsistent?
Most of us set our thermostats at a certain temperature, so no matter what’s going on outside, the temperature inside the house is always comfortable.
If you’ve noticed that sometimes your home is cooler or warmer than it should be, or different spots in the house have newly different temperatures, then your furnace/air conditioner isn’t working at optimal efficiency.
You should consider getting a heating tune-up and safety inspection.
Do you have a gas-powered heating system?
As a general rule, gas-powered systems should be inspected and repaired the second you think something might be off with the system.
This is a good rule of thumb because, as you know, natural gas can be incredibly dangerous.
If you notice any signs of a leak, obstruction, or poorly functioning system please note that natural gas could be building up in your system or worse, leaking somewhere in the house.
Do NOT operate your unit if you believe you might have a gas leak.
Are your energy bills getting higher and higher?
Some increase and decrease over the course of the year is normal. You’re going to use your heater a lot more when the first real cold-front hits.
If you notice an inexplicable jump, or see that the bill is higher than it was this same time last year, call in a professional to inspect your HVAC system.
The unit could have obstructions or poor airflow that makes your system work harder.
It’s about this time of your that our heaters are on full blast. If you’ve recently turned on your unit for the year or it’s just starting to give you problems, make sure you get it looked at before our first Minnesota cold snap.
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