Furnace Problems? How to Know if It’s an Emergency

Dealing with a furnace emergency during the winter months can be a very scary and frustrating experience. Indeed, no matter what type of home you have or how big it may be, you will find it incredibly difficult to get comfortable in the winter months without a functioning furnace. That said, the following is a short guide on how to know if your furnace issues have reached emergency levels.

Higher Bills

One major sign that your furnace may be failing is that your bill is much higher than normal. A functional furnace will typically have a fairly consistent bill (in proportion to the amount of time the furnace is being used). Therefore, if your bill suddenly skyrockets, this is a major sign that you may be experiencing a furnace emergency.

Loud Noises

One of the telltale signs that your furnace needs to be serviced immediately is that it is making loud noises. In particular, if your furnace is making noises such as rattling, popping, or squealing, this is a bad sign. However, it may not necessarily be an indication of an emergency. On the other hand, if you notice a grinding noise, this is a major sign that you are having issues with your motor, which means that you should contact a service repairman immediately.

Electrical Issues

If you notice that your furnace seems to be having electrical issues, this is a major sign that you are in the midst of an emergency. If you are noticing that you experience electrical issues such as lights flickering or even experiencing a power outage when you turn on your furnace, you are definitely having a furnace emergency. This is very serious as electrical malfunctions can lead to electrical fires, which could totally destroy your home. Therefore, if you are noticing that your home has electrical issues every time you turn on your furnace, you need to contact a professional as soon as possible.

Rapid On and Off Cycling

Sometimes, a malfunctioning furnace may rapidly turn on and off, which is also known as rapid cycling. While this could be a sign that you need a new filter, this could also be a sign of a serious issue. In particular, if you have recently replaced your filter and are still experiencing this issue, this could be a sign that your belt needs to be replaced or that your motor is blown. In either case, you need to contact a professional to have your furnace serviced immediately.

Unpleasant Odors

Lastly, one major sign that you are experiencing a furnace emergency is that your furnace is emitting a foul and unpleasant odor. Any foul odor coming from your furnace could be a sign of a gas leak, especially the smell of rotten eggs or anything similar. Gas leaks are dangerous and cannot only lead to fires, but it can also lead to death from simply inhaling this substance. Therefore, if you smell a strong scent of any kind coming from your furnace, you should evacuate your home immediately and contact a professional and/or the fire department.

Overall, while furnace emergencies may be costly, many of them are also dangerous. However, experts such as those at Mitch Craig Heating and Cooling can provide you with high-quality service for reasonable prices. Rather than attempting to save money with DIY fixes, if you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned on this list, you should immediately contact a furnace expert you can trust.