Furnace repair is never on a homeowner's to-do list until it becomes an emergency situation. A furnace malfunction or breakdown can turn a cozy winter evening into a freezing cold night. Typically, though, a furnace doesn't just stop out of the blue. There are many ways a furnace can let you know if it is damaged or experiencing trouble. If you recognize these signs, you can fix it before it becomes a bigger problem. At Sunset Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to helping our Hillsboro, OR customers keep warm and happy. If you need help with your central heating system, give us a call today!
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Know When to Call for Furnace Repair
Your furnace has many moving parts that allow it to heat your home. When one of those parts is not operating correctly, the entire system can malfunction, leaving you with a cold house. Luckily, there are ways to tell if a part of the system is in trouble. Your furnace has many ways to let you know when it needs to be inspected, such as:
- The pilot light is yellow or green instead of blue.
- The furnace is only blowing cold air
- There is an excess amount of dust throughout the house, or there is soot around the vents.
- The thermostat is not responding to an increase or decrease in temperature.
- There are cold spots in some areas of the house.
- The furnace cycles on and off too often.
- The furnace is making banging or grating sounds.
- There is a leak coming from the system itself
If any of these furnace repair warning signals appear, give us a call straight away. More often than not, by addressing an issue early on, you can avoid major emergencies like a broken down system, ensuring your comfort throughout the winter.
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How Can a Malfunctioning Furnace Affect Your Home?
When the furnace malfunctions, it can affect more than just the temperature in the home. Clogged and dirty air filters in the furnace can cause poor air quality that can have serious health risks. These risks include allergies, asthma, colds, headaches, nose bleeds, and sinus issues. Health issues such as these can also be worse in young children, elderly adults, and those with preexisting breathing conditions.
Your home's appearance can also be affected by an increase of dust and soot that can attach itself to every surface and textile throughout the home. Water damage is also a possibility with baseboard heaters.
A more serious concern is a furnace that is straining to heat the home. This will cause an increase in fuel consumption which can make your energy costs spike. Beyond that, there is a possibility of fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning.