A furnace is a heating system that heats homes using oil, natural gas, propane, or electricity. It is an essential component of your home’s HVAC system that requires regular maintenance to keep functioning smoothly. However, you will need furnace repair down the road.
The average furnace will last 15 to 20 years before needing replacement. However, even the best-maintained furnaces will need servicing or fixing at some point. A skilled HVAC technician can inspect and repair a symptomatic furnace. If you see any of the symptoms below, contact a furnace repair specialist immediately.
Signs You Need to Call a Professional for Furnace Repair
The heating cycle goes on and off
Does your furnace cycle go on and off? That indicates that something in the system is causing your furnace to cut off before it can finish an entire heating cycle. But again, this symptom could also be a sign of other issues. For example, continuous cycling could indicate a failing fan motor or suggest that the heat sensor needs cleaning.
Yellow flame color
A yellow flame usually indicates a filthy burner. Furthermore, the yellow color indicates that the gas is not totally burning up. That shows your furnace is not heating to its full capacity, and the carbon monoxide (CO) it produces is not venting adequately. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and test it regularly to monitor the CO level.
Rusted duct or pipe
A corroded duct is another symptom of insufficient CO ventilation. Gas furnaces emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which the flue system must vent outside. If your duct lines are corroded, the CO they are supposed to vent can leak back into your home.
On the other hand, adequate CO venting can also help your furnace burn more efficiently. So, duct maintenance is one approach to extend the life of your furnace.
Condensation on windows and interior walls
Any noticeable moisture on the ceilings, walls, or windows could mean there is not getting enough airflow. During the winter, homes are more susceptible to condensation problems. Stagnant or moist air could suggest a problem with the vents or the furnace itself.
Higher energy bills
Loads of issues can drive up your utility bills, one of which is your furnace. For example, a temperature drop could force your furnace to work harder than it used to. A dirty furnace filter can also result in an inefficient running time, causing the furnace to work more than necessary and quickly increasing your energy expenditure.
Many households are unaware that water vapor is also a part of running gas furnaces. Leaks are most commonly discovered in or around the unit itself. Drain lines that flow away from units are another major source of water leaks. These lines usually include a condensate pump. If the pump fails or clogs, water will flow out. Water leaking from the furnace or during the heating cycle suggests a more severe problem that will require professional furnace repair.
The old age of the unit
The average furnace lasts 15 to 30 years. However, over this timeframe, a heater will begin to exhibit symptoms of wear. That can result in more frequent and costly repairs. Instead of constantly monitoring an aging system for repairs, replacing the furnace with a newer one may be more cost-effective.
Look no further than Pioneers Heating and Air for a reliable furnace repair service. We provide heating, cooling, and air quality solutions for commercial and residential spaces in South Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley area. Our specialists understand specific requirements so that our solutions are personalized to match the needs of your business or household.
We also provide same-day emergency service to ensure your system is serviced in no time when something goes wrong. You can contact us at (626) 217-0559 to request free estimates on our furnace installations and air conditioning repairs.