Signs You Need to Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up

September 7, 2016

The brutally hot summer is coming to a close. Most of us are welcoming fall and winter with open arms. However, your furnace might not be ready for the frigid winter temperatures. If you haven’t scheduled a preventative maitnenance appointment for your furnace yet this year, then it’s about time to call Rick’s Heating & Cooling!

It’s common knowledge that HVAC manufacturers suggest scheduling furnace tune-ups at least annually, but how do you know if you need to call for furnace maintenance between those annual appointments?

Signs That Your Furnace Needs a Tune-Up

Though it is prudent to have your furnace tuned-up before every winter, there are also some telltale signs that a tune-up is necessary.

Your Energy Bills Become Higher in Cost

If your energy bills keep rising month-by-month during the fall and winter, your heating system is probably not operating at peak efficiency. Schedule a furnace tune-up to ensure that the furnace’s parts are functioning as designed.

The Furnace Emits an Odor

Homeowners with an oil or gas furnace can expect a slight smell of burnt fuel. However, if this odor is strong and wafting throughout the whole home, it is time for a tune-up. The odor of rotten eggs is also a warning sign that the furnace needs some fine-tuning.

The Furnace Is Noisy

Though furnaces do not operate in complete silence, a loud banging noise is cause for concern. It is an indication that the unit requires a tune-up, or possibly even a repair to the blower motor.

The Pilot Light Is Orange or Yellow

When a furnace is operating as designed, its pilot light is blue in color. If the pilot light has turned orange or yellow, it is a sign that a tune-up is necessary.

The Furnace Isn’t Emitting Heat

Though this indicator is a bit obvious, it is worth noting. If your home’s registers aren’t emitting warm air, a furnace tune-up will be necessary. One of our HVAC experts will analyze your furnace top to bottom, diagnose the problem, and perform maintenance to clean up your unit and get it running properly.

The Carbon Monoxide Detector Is Triggered

If your home’s carbon monoxide detector is triggered, the first thing you should do is vacate your home.  Carbon monoxide can’t be seen or smelled, yet it can be fatal when inhaled. If your furnace is not burning fuel as it should, it can cause the carbon monoxide detector to go off. Once you have shut off your home’s gas appliances (including the furnace), opened all the windows, and called the fire department, your next step is to reach out to Rick’s Heating & Cooling for a furnace evaluation and tune-up.

The Furnace Keeps Turning On & Off

A furnace that regularly cycles on and off is definitely in need of maintenance. There might be something wrong with the fan motor or its wiring.

Benefits of Regular Furnace Maintenance

Just like any other piece of equipment, a furnace will gradually operate at a reduced efficiency over time. A furnace tune-up will ensure that your heating source operates at peak performance, allowing for a warm living space, reduced odds of a mechanical breakdown, and the lowest possible cost of utility bills. A furnace tune-up can even extend the machine’s lifespan, as well.

Perhaps most importantly, having your furnace tuned-up before the winter will prevent a costly malfunction that renders your home freezing cold and extremely uncomfortable. Additional benefits of a furnace tune-up included optimized air flow, improved energy efficiency, and better indoor air quality.

Also, consider that an autumn furnace tune-up serves to uphold the manufacturer’s warranty. This preventative action has the potential to save you thousands of dollars if a breakdown occurs.

Schedule Your Annual Furnace Tune-Up with Rick’s Heating & Cooling

If you haven’t had your furnace tuned-up since last fall or winter, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling today. We can be reached by phone at 513-899-6005. Give us a ring to schedule your furnace maintenance before the cold temperatures arrive.