You might feel like you are handy around the house. If your furnace starts to act up, you might even try to fix it yourself. However, there are certain symptoms that come up in furnace function that you should not try to fix yourself.
Keeping your furnace fully operational means getting help before it turns into a full blown emergency. If you see any of the following symptoms in your furnace, hire a professional to come look at it.
More Noise Than Usual
No furnace is completely quiet. But if you can hear your furnace from another room, chances are pretty good that something is wrong. The noise could be coming from a damaged belt or an ignition issue.
High Thermostat Setting
If you’re constantly turning up the thermostat to try to warm your home, it’s time to check your furnace. The thermostat itself could be broken, or there could be a leak in the system.
Rapid System Cycling
A rapidly cycling system is when your furnace is constantly turning itself off and on. This is not normal behavior and needs to be addressed quickly. Rapid cycling could come from wiring or ignition issues.
Higher Than Usual Utility Costs
You’ll want to keep a close eye on your utility costs. If your monthly charge skyrockets, and you haven’t been using the system more than usual, this is a good indicator that something is wrong and your furnace is working over time.
You might be tempted to leave your furnace until it breaks. However, neglecting furnace maintenance can end up costing you big time. Repairs and maintenance are often significantly cheaper than completely replacing broken parts.
Choosing the right furnace repair company is a great way to ensure that you won’t have to call a 24 hour service during a state of emergency. These all hours services get away with charging a lot of money because they know you don’t have another option.
When looking for a furnace repair company, make sure you go with one that holds the licenses and types of insurance required in Kansas. You should be able to easily find this information on their website.
You’ll also want to compare estimates and references from each company. If a contractor doesn’t give you this option, go with someone else. You need to be sure that you can trust whichever HVAC technician you end up hiring to keep your furnace fully operational. In each estimate, your potential contractor should include information like the details of the repair, why they are necessary, and the estimated cost. You’ll also want to make sure that the parts included in your repairs are compatible with the type of furnace you have in your home.
Make sure you get your estimate in writing. That way, if the final cost is drastically different from the estimate, you can pull it up and show them that the costs are not the same.
Sometimes it’s easy to think you can leave your furnace if it’s exhibiting symptoms. However, the sooner you get it treated, the less you’re likely to pay in repair costs.