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Identifying the Severity of a Furnace Issue
May 08 / 2022

Identifying the Severity of a Furnace Issue

A properly installed and well-maintained furnace can give you 20 years of service before it must be replaced. Unfortunately, neglect and accidental damage can cut that life expectancy short. Understanding common signs and identifying the severity of furnace issues can end up saving you tons of time and money in the long run. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero, we will go over some of these common furnace issues as well as some troubleshooting techniques. If you have specific questions or concerns, or if you need assistance from an HVAC company, then feel free to call Rooter Hero. Our live representatives and dedicated technicians are on standby to take your call.

Electrical Issues

Even if you have a gas-powered furnace, there are likely many electrical components involved. These electrical components also interact with the building’s electrical system. For instance, a power surge can interrupt the furnace and other appliances. Electrical failures can even cause fires. In fact, electrical failures are factors in an estimated 43,000+ home fires every year. If your lights flicker when the furnace turns on, then you likely have an electrical issue that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Unusual and Loud Noises

A furnace is not going to be completely silent when running. If the furnace is making unusual and loud noises, however, then it is time to investigate. If the noise is due to air flowing violently through the ductwork, then some insulation can help cut down the noise. If the noise is coming from the unit itself, then there may be an issue with the pilot light, blower motor, belts, or the burner.

Furnace Constantly Turns On and Off

A furnace that is constantly turning on and off is considered to be short cycling. This can be due to a variety of reasons including a dirty or worn-out filter. This is an easy fix. Replace dirty and clogged filters. We recommend you change filters once every few months for best results. More serious culprits include:

  • Deteriorated flame sensors
  • Overheating
  • Faulty thermostat
  • Clogged flue
  • Damaged electronic ignition system
  • Air leaks
  • An oversized furnace

The dedicated technicians at Rooter Hero have the experience, expertise, and equipment to resolve most of these issues in one trip. Call us today to consult with a friendly representative and schedule an appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch.

The Smell of Rotten Eggs

If you are getting a whiff of rotten eggs from the furnace or gas lines, then evacuate the property immediately! Get all members of the household to a safe location without delay because this rotten smell can be because of a gas leak. Even pushing a button on your phone can ignite the flammable gases in the air. Once you are outside and safe, call your utility company before calling Rooter Hero to have your furnace inspected.

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Are you looking for a furnace repair or furnace replacement? Call Rooter Hero to speak with a live representative, get a free price estimate, and schedule your appointment. We are also at your service when you need emergency furnace repair.