Feel that chill in the air? Yes, winter is right around the corner. And as temperatures begin to drop outdoors, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t dropping indoors as well. There’s nothing worse than coming in from the cold only to realize your furnace isn’t working. Here are 5 warning signs your furnace is struggling and needs repairs before winter:
1. You have a difficult time getting it started.
Furnace repairs that might need to happen in order to correct this problem include thermostat replacement, rewiring of faulty connections, pilot light repair or blower motor replacement.
2. Your indoor air quality is on the decline.
If your furnace is in need of repairs, you might notice a rise in breathing-related troubles among your home’s residents. These can often include asthma, allergies, dry nasal passages and more uncomfortable problems. A furnace that is not running properly could be forcing dust, mold and other irritants into the air that circulates throughout your home.
3. Chilly rooms and ice issues.
If cold air seems to be constantly drafting through your house, it is likely that your furnace isn’t functioning at full capacity anymore. If you notice ice is forming on your roof, it can be a sign of furnace trouble because the heat from your home is leaking up through your attic as opposed to staying down in the living areas where it belongs.
If you’re noticing more condensation than usual on the inside of windows and doors, a furnace repairs might your best course of action. You won’t know for sure until you get an Essig technician out to your house to check on things.
5. Your furnace was there for the Clinton administration.
The average life of a furnace is between 10 and 20 years, with a high end unit lasting into the upper end of that range. If your furnace is more than 15 years, it is time for some major repairs and maintenance. Or better yet, just start planning for a furnace replacement sooner rather than later.