Even if your furnace isn’t having glaring issues, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s working the way it should. And when your furnace isn’t performing up to par — even if you don’t realize it — both your comfort and your bank account can suffer.

Since our Twin Cities winters necessitate 24/7 heating use for months on end, it’s imperative that you make sure your furnace is functioning properly. To help you stay comfortable this winter, the experts at Dust Doctors explain X simple ways to identify when you need furnace repairs.

Unusual, Persistent Furnace Noises

There isn’t a silent furnace in the world, but if yours is unusually noisy, that racket may indicate a serious problem. Pay attention to any persistent furnace noises you hear, such as:

●        Whistling, which may indicate a damaged belt

●        Squealing, another common indication of belt damage

●        Banging, which may indicate broken or loose internal components

●        Grinding, which may indicate a damaged fan

●        Groaning, which often indicates an overly stressed internal component

None of the above furnace noises are normal, so if you hear them routinely, contact a furnace repair specialist promptly. Let your technician know which types of noises you hear while the unit operates, so he can diagnose potential issues more effectively. 

Inadequate or Uneven Heat

The most obvious sign of the need for furnace repairs is inadequate heat production. Uneven heat distribution throughout the home is a close second. If your furnace isn’t heating your house according to the setting on your thermostat, it may be getting too old for operation or it may just have a few non-functional or severely dirty components.

A furnace repair specialist can inspect the unit for damage and deterioration and replace or repair parts on the spot. If your unit is filthy and that’s the culprit behind the inefficiency, consider scheduling annual furnace cleaning appointments to maintain heating system functionality.

Unusual Furnace Odors

When your furnace first starts up for the season, it should smell a little bit. Typically, that odor smells a bit like something burning since dust accumulates around vents, registers, and the heat exchanger throughout the year. If that odor persists over time, however, you may have a problem on your hands.

To rule out a potentially dangerous issue, contact a furnace repair specialist at your earliest convenience. A specialist can inspect the unit for malfunctioning components and advise you on the best course of action to keep your unit functioning properly and more importantly, safely.

If you continually notice an unusual electrical odor or the scent of fuel, contact a furnace repair specialist immediately. Your furnace may be hazardous to operate and could put you and your home in danger.

Need Furnace Repairs? Contact Dust Doctors

If your furnace is on the fritz, contact our team at Dust Doctors right away. We specialize in furnace repair and furnace cleaning, so we can properly diagnose any issues your heating unit may be having. We serve the entire Twin Cities metro and offer free service quotes for your convenience. To learn more or request a free quote, call our Little Canada, MN office today at 651-319-9777 or contact us online.

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