Traditionally, it doesn’t get as cold in our little corner of the state as it does in other communities around us, let alone the rest of the U.S. But temperatures do drop this time of year and when they do, you’ll be pretty grateful for a fully functional furnace system.
If there was a way for you to completely avoid furnace repair in Katy, TX, we’d like to know about it! But the fact of the matter is that eventually, you’ll encounter problems of some kind with your furnace. The best thing you can do to prevent the worst of them is schedule routine maintenance for your furnace—typically best scheduled in the fall before you’ll need it the most.
In addition to professional maintenance, the other way to fend off the worst of heating repairs is to know the signs of smaller repair needs so you can call the pros right away for service. But, what are these signs?
Cool or Lukewarm Air Coming from Your Vents
There are some symptoms that you can run into with a malfunctioning furnace that are subtle. A furnace blowing cool air out of its vents is not one of these symptoms. This is a possible indicator of a fuel combustion problem, or maybe a leak in your ductwork that is allowing conditioned air to escape into an unoccupied space in your home. Whatever the case, you should have your system repaired in order to ensure it is blowing warm air again promptly.
Increased Heating Costs
Identifying heating system problems can sometimes be tricky. This is because, at times, you may not even really notice a drop off in the system’s output. This is why it’s vital that you keep an eye on how much you’re paying to heat your home. Of course, the colder it is, the more it’s going to cost to heat your home.
That makes sense, but you should have a pretty good idea of your average heating costs. If you notice a serious spike in bills without clear reason, it may be the result of a problem rendering your system less efficient than it should be.
When you run your heating system for the first time of the year, you might smell a bit of a dusty odor coming from it. This is understandable, since the heater has been off for months, and some dust is naturally going to burn off the components. However, if you continuously smell that burning odor coming from your furnace, then you need to contact a professional right away. This might be an electrical issue that’s putting your safety at risk.
Does it seem like your furnace is operating a bit erratically? Meaning—does it start up, run only briefly, and then cycle back down? If so, then your system is short-cycling. This could be due to something as simple as a dirty air filter creating too much airflow resistance, or something like a faulty thermocouple. Whatever the case may be, we can resolve the problem for you.