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4 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Repairing

Furnaces are amazing appliances that can work for years if you take care of them correctly. However, even the best furnaces are going to need repairs. If you haven't had your furnace serviced for some time, it is probably overdue. Here are a couple of signs that your furnace is in need of repairs or servicing.

1. Loud Noises

Although no furnace is silent, there also shouldn't be any loud noises either. If you hear any grinding, banging, humming or unnatural sounds from the furnace, it is a definite sign that there is a problem. This could mean that there is a loose belt, a problem with the duct, loose screws and myriad of other things. Therefore, listen to the furnace while it is on and working hard. If you notice anything out of the usual, call a professional.

2. A Yellow Pilot Light

The pilot light should always be on. When you go and look at the light, make sure that it has a healthy blue color and is not yellow. Even though a yellow flame will still keep the heat coming, it is a sign that the gas levels are off. This can be dangerous for your furnace and for your house. If this is the case with your pilot light, call for a professional right away and don't try to fix it on your own. Gas leaks can be very serious if not handled properly.

3. Some Parts Of The House Are Warm and Others Are Cold

If a furnace is doing its job correctly, it will heat the entire house. The heat may not be perfectly distributed, but the furnace should do a decent job of heating the area. If you notice that certain rooms are always colder, or feel like they are not getting heated, this is a sign that your furnace is not working properly. Before you call a repairman, check the vents and make sure that they are open. If everything seems to be fine for the vents, then the furnace may be going out.

4. A Drastic Change In Your Gas Bill

Although you would expect to see a jump in your gas bill during the winter months, it shouldn't be unusually high. Look at the meter reading on your bill, or the meter at your house. If you are using a large amount of gas, but don't feel like your house is significantly warmer, you might have a leak. This is something that should not be ignored.

By understanding these simple signs, you can keep your furnace in tip-top shape.