Furnace Getting Older? 2 Tips To Make Sure It Stays Running

Posted on: 9 February 2022

If your furnace is getting older, you need to make sure you do what you can to keep it running. The last thing you want to have happen is for it to go out during these cold months. Keep reading so you can take care of this. 

Get it Serviced

If you have not had your furnace looked at in some time, you should hire a contractor to service it for you. They will do a complete inspection to ensure it is not having problems.

The contractor will clean the furnace for you and check all internal components. The contractor will also inspect the vent system and remove blockages they may find there, as well as in the air intake grilles. They will inspect the heat exchanger to ensure it is in good condition, as it may be damaged or have corrosion. 

They will also check the heat exchanger for any signs of corrosion or other damage. They will inspect the blower and clean it, as well as check the blower motor. All electrical connections will be inspected and tightened if needed. There may be connections that are damaged and need to be replaced. 

The contractor checks the belts inside the furnace for cracks or other damage and will replace them, if needed. They will check the thermostat to ensure it is working properly. The air filter will be checked and cleaned or replaced, depending on what type you have. The inside parts may need to be lubricated. 

Know Signs of Problems

There are many signs you should look for to know if your furnace needs to be repaired. One is smelling fuel when the furnace is running. If you do, there is some type of gas leak or there could be dust built up inside the furnace. Turn the furnace off if you are smelling fuel and contact a professional. 

If your furnace is turning off and then back on a lot this is due to a problem with wiring in many cases. There could also be a problem with the thermostat, and it will need to be replaced.

Inspect the pilot light regularly. If the furnace is running well, the light will be blue. If the pilot light is not blue, it is likely yellow. If so, turn the furnace off immediately and get it repaired.  This is a sign of a gas leak, which can cause carbon monoxide to be inside your home. You cannot smell carbon monoxide, so you would not know it was there. 

The contractor can tell you of many more signs to watch out for so you can get your heating services in time.


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