On the tail of the colder and chillier fall and winter airs, the HVAC specialists at our heating company in South Jersey have been thinking about the homes and local families who live in our area. Winter in the Northeast is about as serious as it gets, with temperatures dropping almost out of nowhere it seems most days. After being spoiled by an unusually warm autumn, we have to remind ourselves that our homes now need to be heated to keep us happy and safe.
One of the surest ways to keep your home comfortable and toasty through the coldest part of winter is to maintain your furnace heater. With a fully inspected, energy-efficient furnace in your home, you’ll be able to soundly and peacefully sleep at night, knowing your home is sufficiently heated.
All that being said, there’s plenty of ways you can tell if your furnace is functioning more or less optimally than it should. Channeling our years of experience inspecting and repairing our customers’ heaters in areas like Gloucester, we here at Hutchinson thought we would provide you with an overview of the signs that might indicate a gas or electric furnace is malfunctioning.
Above all, no instrument is more valuable to you as the homeowner than your heater and its thermostat. While relatively easy to fix, an uncalibrated thermostat won’t exactly tell you it’s stopped working properly. You may have the most energy-efficient furnace in all of NJ in your home, but it’s not helping you and your family if it’s not communicating with your home’s thermostat.
Unclean or Clogged Air Filter
All heaters, as you probably know, require an exhaust and a system of airflow so that they can function. The more you use your furnace, the more dust and dirt its air filters will pick up and accumulate. If your filters get too clogged, they can restrict airflow completely and strain your heater as it huffs and puffs in frustration. Your best bet is to regularly clean or replace your furnace’s air filter to avoid this headache.
We may not have reached the Space age in which all of our technology hums as quietly as the household cat, but your furnace shouldn’t get so loud that it disturbs you with its odd pops and squeaks. Unusual noises emanating from your furnace may, in fact, be the surest indication that you could do with the services of our HVAC specialists.