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Signs Your Heating Unit Needs a Tune Up


Overland Park HeatingDon’t wait until your furnace stops working and needs to be totally replaced. Like a car, furnaces need regular maintenance to keep running optimally. There are some definite signs that every homeowner needs to be aware which indicate that a furnace is experiencing difficulties. Following are seven signs your heating unit needs a tune up. 

Sound: One of the more obvious warning signs of furnace trouble is unusual sounds. Noises could be caused by something as simple as a dirty filter or a duct vibration. Noises such as banging or groaning are not normal and may indicate more difficult issues that may require a technician. Bearings go out in blower motors, belts become loose, ignitions may be malfunctioning, or other internal pieces may require tweaking or replacement. 

Higher Utility Bills: If the electricity bill has increased even though the furnace usage has remained the same, this could be an indication that your furnace is not working productively. There are several factors that can determine why the electricity bill has been impacted which need to be diagnosed by a professional. 

Furnace Randomly Shuts Off: Another sign of the need for a furnace tune up is if the heating unit turns off autonomously. This symptom is usually the result of defective wiring, or a broken pilot light or fan motor.

Yellow Pilot Light: The color of furnace pilot lights will be blue when the gas combinations are balanced. Yellow pilot lights always indicate gas combination imbalance.

Cold Spots: If your home temperature has altered and now features areas that are cold and others that are warm, this could be a sign that heating from the furnace is being leaked.

Dirty: Furnaces that are dirty will cause dust and mold to disseminate throughout the house. Allergies, Asthma, and other breathing-related illnesses can actually be symptoms of badly operating heating units. 

Age: Furnaces have an expectant lifespan of 10 to 15 years old. The age of a furnace can be a sign that even the best maintenance will not prevent inevitable break downs. 

Furnaces last longer and perform better if homeowners keep them in excellent working order. One great option for homeowners is to maintain a maintenance plan where professionals perform annual servicing, certain repairs and diagnostics. Most homeowners don’t have a complete knowledge of the workings of a furnace. There are warning signs but small problems can strain the whole system causing more serious problems; ultimately requiring furnace replacement. The best advice is don’t wait for the warning signs; get a furnace tune up today. 

Are you looking for a heating contractor in the Overland Park area? Call Priced Right Heating and Cooling at (913) 713-5911 and get started today!

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