When summer comes to an end, the cold weather begins rolling in, and you need heat to keep your home comfortable. When it’s cold outside, you should be able to turn on the heat in your The Woodlands, TX home, and your home should get warm. If there is a problem with your furnace, you won’t be comfortable unless you dress in layers, which isn’t ideal.
If you are experiencing any of the following issues in your home, you should schedule an appointment for furnace repair right away.
#1 The Furnace Is Producing Cool Air
Cool air coming from the vents when the heat is on is the most obvious sign you may need to call a furnace repair company.
Before you make the call, check the thermostat. The furnace won’t produce warm air if it isn’t set correctly. First, make sure the thermostat is set to warming mode. Next, check the fan. If you leave it on, it will continue to run between cycles, and you will feel cold air coming from the vents in your home. The fan should be set to auto. Finally, check the thermostat setting. It needs to be colder in the house than the setting on the thermostat for the furnace to kick on. If everything checks out, it is time to schedule an appointment for a repair.
A few issues can cause a lack of heat, including:
- The oil tank is empty
- There is an issue with the computerized controls
- The furnace is overheating
- The pilot light is out
- Problem with the gas valve
- Faulty thermocouple
- Clogged oil filter
- Faulty electronic ignition
- Dirty gas or oil burner
- A compromised flame sensor
Because so many issues can result in a lack of heat, you will need an HVAC tech to inspect the furnace to find the source of the problem so it can be repaired.
#2 Gas Leak
If you smell rotten eggs in your home it is a sign of a gas leak, which is very dangerous. When you notice the smell, get out of the house immediately and call 911. A gas leak can cause an explosion; therefore, immediate action is essential.
The fire department will turn off the gas and air out the house so it will be safe for you to go back inside. The gas can’t be turned back on until you call a furnace repair service and the leak in the furnace is repaired. The sooner you make the call, the sooner life in your home will return to normal.
#3 Your Energy Bills Have Increased
Have your energy bills increased significantly compared to the same time last year? If you aren’t using a new appliance or your family’s electrical demand hasn’t increased, your furnace is likely to blame.
Even if the furnace produces warm air, there could still be a problem with the unit.
If there is an issue with your furnace, it will stop functioning efficiently and will need to use more power to keep your home warm. The same is true if the furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan.
When you schedule an appointment for a repair, an HVAC tech will inspect the furnace to determine why your energy bills have increased so much. The best-case scenario is the tech can repair the problem, reducing your energy bills. If the furnace is old and cannot be repaired, you will need to replace the furnace.
#4 The Pilot Light Is Yellow
If the furnace in your The Woodlands, TX home is clean and functioning correctly, the pilot light should be blue. If the pilot light is yellow, you should schedule an appointment for emergency furnace repair.
A yellow pilot light signifies a carbon monoxide leak, which is very dangerous.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, and poisonous gas that can poison you without even knowing. Allowing the problem to persist can put you and your family at significant risk.
When you schedule an appointment for furnace repair, the tech will inspect the furnace to find the source of the leak, so it can be made before a catastrophe occurs.
#5 Strange Sounds
If the furnace in your home is making sounds other than the usual sounds you hear when the furnace kicks on and off, you should schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
Pops, creaks, and squeaks signify a loose or broken part that should be checked by a professional right away. Ignoring the issue could cause more damage to the furnace, which will increase the cost of the repair.
It is best to schedule an appointment for furnace repair as soon as the strange sounds begin.
#6 It’s Taking Longer For Your Home to Heat Up
Has it been taking longer for your home in The Woodlands, TX, to heat up?: If so, you should schedule an appointment for furnace repair.
There is likely an issue that makes the furnace function less efficiently and needs to be repaired. This problem can also occur if your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan. You will need an HVAC tech to figure out why the unit isn’t functioning efficiently to resolve the problem.
#7 The Furnace Cycles Frequently
It is normal for your furnace to cycle when the temperature in your home drops below the setting on the thermostat. If the furnace is frequently cycling, you should schedule an appointment for furnace repair. There are a few issues that can cause this problem, including:
- The thermostat isn’t functioning properly
- The unit is overheating
- The furnace is too large for your home.
Frequent cycling puts excess strain on the unit; therefore, it is best to schedule an appointment for furnace repair immediately.
Why Choose Mr. Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning?
If the furnace in your home isn’t functioning correctly, call Mr. Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning. We are a full-service HVAC company, serving customers in The Woodlands and the surrounding areas.
Our HVAC techs are professionally trained, skilled and can handle any job, whether a simple repair or a more complex repair.
To schedule an appointment, give us a call or contact us online.
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