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Some Furnace Repair Warning Signs to Watch For

furnace-repair-technicianWe want you and your family to enjoy the winter season—not just in December around the holidays, but all the way through to spring and the arrival of warmer weather. The best way for us to do that is to keep your home’s furnace working its best. It starts with maintenance service in fall and continues—when necessary—with whatever repair issues may crop up.

Of course, we can’t magically sense when something’s wrong with your furnace! (We’re proud of our HVAC skills, but we’re not that powerful.) You need to identify when malfunctions are starting. Some are easy to spot, such as a furnace that doesn’t turn on at all. Others are more subtle, and these are the ones it’s crucial to catch. If you notice troubles when they’re still small, you’ll have time to contact us for furnace service in Cherry Hill, NJ before the problems worsen.

What should I watch for?

“Anything that doesn’t feel right.” Okay, that’s too vague. Below we’ve listed some specifics.

  • Dusty, acrid smells from the vents: You’ll notice this odor the first time the furnace kicks on for winter. That’s not a problem, it’s only the dust burning off the heat exchanger. But if this smell appears later, it’s a big warning. It may be a motor burning out or another component that’s overheating. Shut down the furnace and give us a call.
  • Cold spots in rooms: Is the heating in your house even? It’s natural for some places in your home to feel a touch cooler than others when the furnace is running, but you want to watch out for noticeably cold spots. Check first to see that any cold spot isn’t because of bad insulation or a slightly open window. If that’s not the problem, you may have a furnace that’s losing its power to heat.
  • Loud or strange noises:e. anything that doesn’t sound right. If you’ve had your furnace for at least one winter, you’ll know what type of sounds to expect when its running. Loud sounds or sounds that you aren’t used to hearing are big red flags. Clicking, grinding, screeching, clanging, rattling—all of them point toward a problem for which you’ll need furnace repair pros.
  • Rising utility bills: We hope you keep records of monthly utility bills, since this is a good way to track potential problems. If you haven’t been using the furnace more than in the previous year, but your bills show a large spike in energy costs, you may have a malfunctioning furnace. Almost any repair problem will lead to the furnace draining more power than necessary.
  • Short-cycling: This means the furnace turns on and off rapidly. Four times an hour, for example. For some reason—and there are numerous possibilities—the furnace isn’t completing a full heating cycle and shutting off too early. This ages the furnace, creates additional repair problems, and drains large amounts of power, so have a short-cycling furnace investigated ASAP.

We are a family-owned and operated company and understand how to treat families right. Expect us to show up on time, work hard, and leave you satisfied with the job we’ve done. Rely on us for all your home heating needs this winter and the winters to come.

Gibson Heating & Cooling: Serving Burlington, Camden Counties, NJ and Bucks County, PA.

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