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 continually stand in front of your thermostat, bumping up the temperature. Does it feel like your furnace can’t keep up? Along those same lines, does your furnace seem to be running constantly? 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 keeping your home at the proper temperature is struggling. You may also notice your energy bills creeping up significantly each year. All of these symptoms could point to the need for furnace repair.
Is your Furnace Worth Repairing?
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, and your budget, should all factor in. Remember that if your current furnace is old, a new model will save with increased energy efficiency. It is important to factor into the decision as well.
Honest Furnace Repair in Lincoln, NE
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, and the potential severity of repairs needed and offer experienced advice. An HVAC company that has been around since 1953 relies on a reputation for honesty and professionalism. Call Bill’s to see if your furnace is worth repairing or if some life is still left in it. Remember, if you have no heat one winter day or night, they will be there for you with 24-hour emergency services. Bill’s has got you covered all season long.
This article was originally published in October 2016 and has been recently updated.