Heating & Cooling Consultants specialize in offering furnace repair service in Elko, MN.
Deciding if you should call in a heating and cooling specialist to look at your furnace? If you’re noticing any of these five signs, chances are you need a repair. Don’t wait for things to get worse, make the call and keep your investment up and running. In this article, we will show you what to look for when it comes to repair needs and why repairs are essential to smart home ownership.
- Is Your Pilot Light Color Off?
This one’s at the top of the list because it’s very important to you and your family’s safety. Your pilot light should be blue in color with just a small amount of yellow-orange at its’ tip. If the color is more orange to yellow, your furnace isn’t burning fuel effectively. Worse, you could have a carbon monoxide leak. For safety, it’s best to turn off the fuel source and leave the house if the pilot light lacks any blue color. Call a HVAC specialist to take a look.
- How Old is Your Furnace?
Furnaces have a lifespan of twelve to fifteen years provided they are correctly installed and well-maintained. This means you change air filters at least once every three months and get a once a year inspection in addition to getting a good installation to begin with. If you moved into a home with an older furnace already installed, it can be hard to tell how well the previous owner maintained it, so it’s a good idea to get a maintenance inspection shortly after move in to help make sure things are running properly. If your furnace is more than twelve years old, even if it’s working fine, you might want to look into newer high-efficiency models and see if you could be saving more over time by lowering your energy consumption.
- Are Heating Expenses on the Rise?
If you are paying more and more each month for utilities and weather and lifestyle needs haven’t changed, your system may have a problem. That issue is causing it work harder and harder to keep the home heated to the thermostat setting. When you see heating increases coupled with having an older system, you might want to check into replacement. You can do a simple estimate of repair costs versus replacement estimates to help decide.
- Is Your Furnace Having a Hard Time Starting or Staying On?
Older furnaces will have a hard time getting started. It could be a faulty wiring issue or a mechanical part inside wearing out. Have a technician take a look.
- Is Your Family Getting Sick More Often?
If your family is experiencing flu-like symptoms, more headaches, or nausea, there could be a carbon-monoxide leak. These are all minor symptoms of carbon-monoxide poisoning. It affects children and the elderly most, but is lethal. It’s a good idea to get a repair check incase. Other signs of carbon-monoxide leaks are condensation around windows and soot-streaks around the furnace.
If you see one or more of these signs of a furnace problem, call us for the most affordable and reliable furnace repair service in Elko, MN by calling 952-461-5100.