Fall ushers in cooler temperatures and crisp air. Leaves begin to fall; football crowds gather and everything comes in pumpkin spice flavor. It’s a magical time of year that slowly transitions into a colder, often arctic winter. This is the time of year when your air conditioner begins to hibernate, and your furnace comes alive and takes center stage. Many of us don’t think twice about our home heating until the first day we need it. We set our thermostats a few degrees warmer and assume all will work perfectly. Typically furnaces don’t break down in mid-summer. They wait until the wee hours on a Friday morning to let you know they need some TLC. How can you avoid seeing your breath in your own home and ruining your day and when should you schedule a furnace repair visit?
Let’s face it; furnaces make noise. If you have noticed your furnace noise increasing in volume over time or if it has started banging, that could indicate an issue. Problems with the ignition and/or a cracked or broken belt could be to blame.
Another indication that furnace repair might be needed is if you find yourself continually standing in front of your thermostat bumping up the temperature. Does it feel like your furnace just can’t keep up? Along those same lines, does your furnace seem to be running all the time? A properly functioning unit will cycle on and off to maintain the temperature. Pay attention to that cycle. Does your furnace seem to be turning right back on after cycling off? This could mean it’s struggling to keep your home at the proper temperature. You may also notice your energy bills creeping up significantly each year. All of these symptoms could point to the need for furnace repair.
There are several things to consider when determining if your furnace is worth repairing. A general rule of thumb is if your unit is over ten years old or the repair costs more than $500, you should consider replacement instead. The average life expectancy of today’s models is about 15 years. When you are armed with this knowledge, considering the age of your unit, the severity of the needed repairs, as well as your budget, should all factor in. Keep in mind too that if your current furnace is old, a new model will save with increased energy efficiency. That is important to factor into the decision as well.
If you are experiencing some furnace repair signs give Bill’s Heating and Air Conditioning a call. Reference their heating tips if your unit has stopped running altogether. Sometimes it can be an easy fix. Bill’s technicians will provide you with an honest evaluation of your furnace repair. They will take the time to explain options, the potential severity of repairs needed and offer experienced advice. An HVAC company that has been around for over 63 years relies on a reputation for honesty and professionalism. Call on Bill’s for your furnace repair needs, and if unfortunately you are hit with not heat one winter morning, they will still be there for you with their 24-hour emergency services. Bill’s has got you covered all season long.