Winter in Garland, TX, can be chilly, dropping below freezing. Because it can get so cold, many homeowners rely on their furnaces to keep their homes warm. The furnace is part of your HVAC system, and if it isn’t functioning properly and the problem isn’t repaired, you could end up dealing with a complete furnace breakdown during the coldest time of the year. If you notice any of the following issues, you should contact a professional in furnace repair immediately.
#1 The Furnace Is Making Strange Sounds
When your furnace is running, it isn’t going to be silent. It is not uncommon for your furnace to make a humming sound; however, any sounds other than the humming will require a furnace repair call. If your furnace is making banging, whining, or groaning sounds, it could have a loose belt or ignition issues. You may also need to have a component replaced that is about to fail.
The best way to ensure that your furnace functions properly all winter long is to call for repair as soon as you hear strange sounds.
#2 The House Isn’t Getting Warm Enough
When it is very cold outside, it isn’t uncommon to turn your heat up a few degrees. If you turn up the temperature and your house warms up, you have nothing to worry about. If you turn up the heat and your home just isn’t getting warm enough; you may need to call for furnace repair.
If increasing the thermostat temperature isn’t warming your home up enough, the problem could be with your thermostat. You could also have leaks in the ducts, which will allow cold air into the home, making it difficult for your furnace to keep your home warm. The problem could also be with the pilot light.
It would take the knowledge and experience of a professional who specializes in repairs to furnaces to figure out what is causing the problem to make the necessary repairs.
#3 Higher Than Normal Electric Bills
If you have been living in your Garland, TX home for a few winters, you should know how much your electric bill will increase during the winter. If you find that your electric bill is much higher than normal, your furnace could be to blame.
If your furnace isn’t functioning as efficiently as possible, it will need to work harder to keep your home warm. When your furnace is working overtime, it will require more energy, which will cause a spike in your electric bill. Also, if your furnace is working overtime, it will wear out faster and will need to be replaced sooner than if it were running efficiently.
If your bills are higher than normal, you should call a professional in furnace repair. Your furnace could need a simple tuneup for it to start working efficiently again.
#4 Your Pilot Light Is Yellow
If your furnace is functioning properly, the pilot light should be burning blue. This signifies that there is an ideal balance of gasses in the furnace. If the pilot light is burning yellow, it is considered an emergency situation and would require the immediate assistance of a professional in furnace repair.
If the pilot light is burning yellow, it indicates high levels of carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, poisonous gas. Each year, around 50,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and an additional 430 people die.
It is a good idea to make it a habit of checking the pilot light regularly. This will allow you to call for furnace repair quickly, which could potentially save the lives of you and your family.
#5 The Furnace Has Trouble Kicking On Or Staying On
If it takes a while for your furnace to kick on, or if it stays on for just a few minutes and kicks off, you should call for furnace repair. There are a few issues that could be causing the problem, such as a faulty thermostat, faulty wiring, a broken fan motor, or a pilot light issue.
Because there are so many issues that could be causing the problem, you should call a professional in repairs immediately.
#6 Your Home Is Cold And Ice Has Formed On the Roof
If your home is drafty, the first thing you should do is check the windows. If you have old windows, they will allow drafts into the home. If the drafts aren’t coming from the window and ice forming on the roof, you should call a professional in repairs.
The ice on the roof could mean that the heat from the furnace is leaking up through the attic rather than staying down in the living area.
When you call a professional in repairs, they can fix the problem, and the drafts and ice will no longer be issues.
#7 Condensation On the Windows
If your heat is running and there is condensation buildup on the windows in your home, it could be caused by a number of things, including your furnace. It is best to call a professional in furnace repair to rule out furnace issues.
If you have any issues with the furnace in your home, contact K&S Heating and Air. We have been in the HVAC industry for many years and have an excellent reputation within the community. We also have an excellent reputation in the HVAC community and are a member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). We are also a NATE Consumer Contractor Connection HVACR Contractor and a Certified Energy Star Partner. Because we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, you can be sure that we are a respectable company that you can trust.
We at K&S Heating and Air understand that furnace issues and other HVAC issues can arise at any time of the day or night. Because of this, we offer emergency service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for furnace repair or any other HVAC service, give us at K&S Heating & Air a call today.