Thanks to the cold, snowy winters we experience here in West Harrison, Indiana, homeowners get a lot of use out of their furnaces. Unfortunately, frequent use causes wear and tear, which could lead to a breakdown. Let’s talk about signs that homeowners should be on the lookout for to prevent a possible furnace repair.

Strange Odors and Noises

If you notice any strange odors when your furnace is running or it seems noisier than usual, you should contact an HVAC professional as soon as possible. Often, smells and noises are the results of obstructed airflow, which is usually pretty easy to fix. However, they can also indicate the need for major repairs.

Increased Utility Costs

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While energy costs tend to rise in winter months, if you’re paying even more than usual, you may need to have your furnace inspected and possibly replaced. As your furnace ages, it runs less efficiently. It can no longer heat your home like it used to, so it will run longer. A new furnace can save you money by reducing your energy costs.

Poor Air Quality

If you notice that your allergies worsen when you run your furnace or the air in your home feels dry, stuffy, or stale, it may be time to consider replacing your furnace. Newer furnace models are capable of cleaning the air in your home and adding an appropriate amount of moisture to the air. With a new furnace, your home will be more comfortable and repairs will be less necessary. If your furnace is still in good shape, we have a variety of indoor air products that can improve the air inside your home.

Yellow Flame

The burner flame on your furnace should always be pure blue. If you notice that the flame is yellow, it could indicate that your furnace is producing toxic carbon monoxide. If this is the case, you should leave the house and contact an HVAC professional right away.

Here at Western Hills Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., our team of professionals will keep your furnace in good working order. Call us today to schedule furnace repair or maintenance.

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