Your Furnace is an Important Part of Your Home

 

When it comes to aspects of your home that you want to ensure are in proper working order, your furnace is probably near the top of the list. As we all know winters in Toronto can get a bit chilly and can get even colder if your home is not properly heated. Here at EcoLife Home Comfort, we want all of our Toronto area customers to stay as warm as possible this winter and in today’s post, we are going to go over a few warning signs that might indicate your furnace is on the fritz.

 

Is Your Furnace Trying to Tell You Something?

 

So, how can you tell if your furnace is about to give up on you? Besides the obvious signs of your furnace simply not working anymore or finding that it has been billowing out smoke into your home, the below warning signs are a good indication that your furnace is about to bite the big one.

 

 

  • Strange Noises: No furnace is ever completely silent; however, if it sounds like your furnace is possessed this could be an indicator that things are about to go terribly wrong. If you hear banging, groaning, or clunking sounds emanating from your furnace, you need to get to the root of the issue as quickly as possible. These noises could be an indication of a loose belt, a faulty component, or a problem with your furnace’s ignition.
  • Your Thermostat Disappoints: When it is cold in your house, the first thing people usually do is crank up their thermostat. Normally, this unleashes a beautiful blanket of warm air into your home, but what happens when turning up your thermostat yields few, if any, results? If you have found that adjusting your thermostat really has no effect on the warmth of your home, it may indicate that either your thermostat is broken, your furnace’s pilot light is broken, or you have leaks in your ducts.
  • Increased Electric Bill: If you open up your electric bill this month and find that you owe a significant amount of money more than you normally do, it could indicate that your furnace is having some efficiency problems. If this is the case, it is best practice to have your furnace inspected by a professional so that they can diagnose the issue and, hopefully, repair it before it becomes a major problem.
  • Your Furnace Struggles to Turn On: If you have noticed that your furnace is struggling to start itself up, or is struggling to stay on once started, it is important to get it checked out by a professional. The problem could be as simple as a faulty thermostat or faulty wiring but this issue could also be an indication that some vital component in your furnace is about to go down.

 

 

Join us again next time as we continue to go over the warning signs that your furnace exhibits when it isn’t feeling 100 percent and, as always, choose EcoLife Home Comfort for all of your furnace maintenance needs. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to keep your furnace healthy all winter long.