Identifying Furnace Problems

October 22, 2020

It’s that time of the year. Fall! When the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp and cold.

Before the temperature takes a drastic dive, call your local HVAC company to take a look at your furnace. A specialist should inspect your furnace and confirm that there are no harmful leaks, to keep your house warm through the winter. Because the last thing you want is to get caught in the cold and wait for emergency dispatch to come by. If you are unsure if your furnace needs an inspection, here are some signs you should look out for.

Hearing strange sounds coming from the basement?

The chances of it being a ghost are slim, but it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heater. Sounds while your unit is running are normal, but unusual ones such as harsh rattling, squealing, and grinding are abnormal.
If you hear these sounds then your furnace is likely suffering from, the blower motor lubrication ports need oiling, panels need tightening, or the belt has slipped.

Feel a cold spot?

If all you’re feeling is cold air then the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your thermostat has been turned to heat. This tip sounds obvious, but some people forget to flip that switch during the change in seasons.
Once you are sure your heating system is not working, then the next step is to check on its filter. Clogged and dirty filters can prevent airflow and heat from warming your house.
Finally, when in doubt, call an expert who can look for electrical issues in your furnace.

Smell something funny?

Now, this one is scary. If you smell gas in your house, leave quickly!
Make sure you and everyone in the building are safely outside before making any kind of decision. Do not turn on/off any lights or electronics and don’t like any matches. Once you are away from the potential leak, call in the experts. It is also important to note that you can’t actually smell natural gas. The rotten-egg smell that everyone associates with a gas leak is actually mercaptan, an additive to help detect leaks.

Your furnace system is one of the most important investments in your home. It keeps your living space comfortable in the cold months and its quality can determine the value of your house on the market.
Giving it regular maintenance will guarantee you are not left to freeze this winter. That is why it is a good idea to find yourself a trusted HVAC professional. Schedule annual maintenance inspections with them to keep your system running.

If you live in the Oklahoma City area, then The Heat and Air Guys are your trusted, local HVAC contractor. We will get your Heater and Air Conditioner working and keep it working. It is no secret that in Oklahoma your air conditioner and heater play a vital role in our lives. If you would like to make an appointment, call (405) 305-5734 today.

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