How do you know when your furnace is broken? There are warning signs of a broken furnace and some are noticeable, but not all. A broken furnace not only deprives your home of heat and comfort, it can be deadly, too.
What are some of the unrecognizable warning signs?
Each year, hundreds of people die and many more are injured from the most common household poison: carbon monoxide. This colorless and odorless poisonous gas comes from several sources and the furnace is the most common source of all; more precisely a broken or malfunctioning furnace. Carbon monoxide is a result of incomplete combustion of a fossil fuel, which is when a fuel does not burn correctly or completely. In a furnace, carbon monoxide gas comes from a poorly operating burner or a cracked heat exchanger. A properly tuned and maintained furnace greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Since carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless, it can go undetected. It can make people sleepy and create flu-like symptoms. Sometimes a person may fall asleep and never wake up. But there are warning signs. Drowsiness, vomiting, or flu-like symptoms are all warning signs. Regularly scheduled maintenance of your furnace by our qualified heating and cooling professionals and installation of carbon monoxide detectors can reduce the risk of falling ill to carbon monoxide gas.
MY FURNACE IS BROKEN CONTINUED…
Another “undetectable” warning sign is a higher energy bill. Sometimes you can’t detect a problem right away because, like carbon monoxide, there may be no obvious signs. Higher utility bills can be a sure sign of a furnace that is working too hard and running more than usual. This may be a result of clogged or dirty air vents, or dirty filters. If your monthly bills are higher than those of the previous year, it may not just be because gas prices are higher.
There are other warning signs of a broken furnace, too. The most obvious is the failure of your furnace to bring your home up to the desired thermostat settings or to maintain an even temperature. Cold or uncomfortable houses are sure signs of a broken furnace. The furnace may cycle on or off, causing an uneven or inconsistent flow of heated air. This can be because of a poor blower or a clogged furnace filter. If you don’t feel any moving heated air or you detect any unusual odors or smells coming from your heating vents, that’s a sure sign of a broken or malfunctioning furnace.
A broken or cracked gas line can emit odors and can cause a furnace to malfunction, too. Don’t take a chance of losing heat and comfort this winter. At the first possible warning sign, contact AireCool Mechanical Inc. by clicking on the “Contact” tab on our home page or come into our Woodland Park location for a free estimate to improve house insulation or for a heating system tune-up.