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Why is my furnace making weird noises?

Signs Your Heating Unit Needs A Tune-Up


Overland Park HeatingPeople often think that a yearly tune-up of their heating unit is an unnecessary expense. But having yearly maintenance on your furnace can not only cause it to work more efficiently, it can actually reduce your heating expense. More importantly, it can even save your life. What are the signs that your furnace is in need of a tune-up?

Steadily Rising Heating Bills: If you notice that your heating bill keeps rising each year, it’s a good time to get a furnace check. Dirty or malfunctioning parts can cause a furnace to run less efficiently, costing you more money to heat your home. Your HVAC contractor will clean your furnace unit as part of his maintenance, and he will check it to make sure all of its moving parts are running efficiently. He can also check your thermostat and recalibrate it if necessary.

Asthma or Allergy Problems In Your Home: If you suffer from asthma or allergies in the winter time, your furnace system may actually be contributing to the problem. Dirty furnaces carry mold and allergens through the ventilation system into the home. This is one reason why heating contractors will do a thorough vacuuming of the internal parts of your furnace, and will inspect the filter and change it if necessary.

Loud Noises: Loud noises coming from your furnace most often indicate that some part of the heating unit is beginning to malfunction. Very often a tension belt may need to be replaced, but it could be something even more major than that. Don’t try to figure this one out yourself; call the heating contractor who will do a full inspection of the unit and replace any malfunctioning parts.

Strange Smells: This can indicate a real furnace emergency. Burning smells can indicate burnt wiring; a gas smell from the furnace can indicate a gas leak. In either case, call your HVAC contractor immediately. 

The worst kind of furnace problems are the ones you can’t see, hear or smell. One of the biggest is a carbon monoxide leak. It is important to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home, but yearly maintenance by your HVAC contractor can help to avoid this problem, because he has the expertise to detect and repair problems before they become serious.

Is the furnace in your Overland Park home in need of some maintenance? Call Priced Right Heating and Cooling at (913) 713-5911 and schedule a service call today!

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