Your furnace does more than just keep the temperature comfortable for you and your family. It can prevent your appliances, pipes, and other parts of your home from experiencing cold-related issues. If your heating system is working, you may think that there is no reason to schedule a tune-up service.
However, preventative maintenance is one of the most effective ways to prevent a malfunction of your home’s furnace. Plus, there are several additional heating tune-up benefits: better performance, reduced risk of system failure, and improved energy-efficiency.
At Foulks Southern Air Heating & Cooling, our technicians have the expertise to check all the aspects of your heating system and make the necessary repairs and adjustments. Here are some of the key signs that can let you know it’s time to call us and schedule your tune-up.
Why schedule a heating tune-up with our team?
Your home’s air quality is diminishing
The way your furnace performs can have a big impact on the air quality in your home. When your heating system is not working correctly, you may notice that the air in your home is excessively dry. Another sign of furnace issues is the buildup of dust on surfaces in your home, especially around the air vents. If you or your family members have allergies, you may notice an increase in symptoms when your furnace isn’t properly filtering out pollen and other allergens.
In many cases, the change in air quality is due to a filtering problem in your furnace. Sometimes the solution is as easy as cleaning or replacing the air filter. However, poor air quality may also indicate a problem in your air ducts, so you should contact us and have our team inspect your system, diagnose the problem, and develop a solution.
You hear unusual noises during operation
Ideally, you shouldn’t hear more than a faint hum of air movement when your furnace is running. If you start noticing loud noises—such as banging, knocking, or squealing—when your home’s heating system is operating, it could indicate that something inside your furnace is broken. Lesser noises, such as dripping or hissing, may also indicate that your furnace needs repair.
The temperature isn’t consistent throughout your home
In most homes, there are certain floors or rooms that remain warmer or cooler than others. For example, your basement may stay a few degrees colder than your main floor all year long. However, if you notice a drastic change in the temperature in different parts of your home, it could indicate an issue with your heating system.
Sometimes, clogged or blocked air vents can prevent certain rooms from getting warm. In other cases, inconsistent heating may indicate a problem with your furnace or thermostat that creates “hot” and “cold” zones.
Your utility bills keep rising
It may be normal for your utility bills to go up in the winter when you are using your furnace more than the prior year. However, a large jump in utility costs or a continual rise in your heating bills may be a sign that your furnace isn’t operating correctly. Sometimes poor performance simply requires a few adjustments to your system. We can figure out the reason your furnace is consuming too much energy.
One of the best ways to avoid the hassle and expense of emergency furnace repair is to schedule regular maintenance appointments. Routine tune-up service can address common furnace issues such as inconsistent performance, poor air quality, and high energy usage. To schedule a service appointment with an expert from Foulks Southern Air Heating & Cooling, contact us online.