As the weather cools off, air conditioners turn off and furnaces turn on. When your furnace has been sitting for an entire season, you may find that it has some bugs that need to be worked out as it kicks back into gear. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning is here to point out some common problems that might arise as your furnace kicks on this fall.
Noisy Furnace Blower or Boiler
One of the signs that your furnace isn’t working the way it should, are abnormal sounds when you turn it on for the first time. You may notice a loud clanking or thudding noise coming from your furnace, and this is a sign that your furnace needs some work. You don’t want to run it if you are hearing these noises, because it may be unsafe to let it keep running when it isn’t working as it should. It is best to turn it off and wait for a professional to come and inspect it. We can tell you if the issue is mechanical or electrical.
Furnace or Boiler Smells Like Burning Plastic, Dust or Rubber
It is normal for your heater to smell a little funny when it is turning on for the first time after sitting throughout the summer and early fall. However, it is a problem if the smell is very strong and it doesn’t get better after your furnace has been running for a while. You should be especially concerned if you smell gas. This is a danger to your home and you should turn off the heat immediately.
High Heating Bills; Ways to Save on Heating Costs
If you have a heating bill that seems like it’s way higher than it should be, this could be a sign of a problem. Any time you have an appliance that isn’t working right, it uses more energy to run it. This is the same with your furnace. If there is a part on your furnace that isn’t working properly or is on the verge or going out, your furnace won’t work efficiently which will result in a high energy bill. If the first time you get your bill this winter and it has spiked, call a professional.
Gas Furnace Won’t Turn on or Ignite
This might seem like an obvious sign, but it is still one you should watch for. Sometimes when the furnace isn’t working right, it will run without emitting very much heat. If this is the case, you should turn off the heat right away to avoid making the problem worse. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning can come right away to inspect and repair any issues that you may be having with your furnace this winter.
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If you have any of the issues mentioned above, don’t wait to call for help or the problem will only get worse. You could have an issue that can make it unsafe and you should have it repaired right away.