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Heed These Signs of a Suffering Furnace

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Furnace systems are not simple pieces of equipment. They involve a number of complex components, and when servicing something as complex as this, you’ll need to be one of two things—either an experienced professional HVAC contractor or a vigilant homeowner. Chances are, you’re the latter—a vigilant homeowner should do their research to know when their heater is trouble so they can call for professional repairs ASAP.

Without proper training, it may be hard to determine exactly what is wrong with your furnace when it’s acting up or when it suddenly breaks down. That’s what we are here for! We do think it’s possible, however, to know the signs that something is wrong with your furnace. And the sooner you discover a sign of trouble, the sooner you can give us a call to have the repair need taken care of.

And the thing is, the signs of a suffering furnace aren’t always big, bright, or loud. Meaning, you may not even know what to look for. But again, that’s what we are here for.

Foul Smells

When you start your furnace up for the first time in the winter, you may notice a bit of a funky smell. This comes from the dust burning off the interior components of the system. However, if you’re reading this blog post in the middle of winter and you’ve been noticing unpleasant odors for some time now, it’s definitely the sign of a suffering furnace.

First off, if it smells like gas or something burning, turn off your furnace immediately and call for emergency services. This isn’t something to mess around with. If it’s more of a musty or acrid odor coming from the system, give our team a call so we can inspect.

Pilot Light Issues

Your pilot light is pivotal for the functionality of your gas-powered furnace. It’s also an easy place for homeowners to tell if there’s a problem with their system. For example, a pilot light that is burning yellow or orange indicates it is suffering from a lack of oxygen, which can be a sign of a problem with the exhaust. Call our professional technicians if you suspect there is something wrong with your pilot light before it turns into a safety hazard.

Lack of Heat

This is a very clear problem, of course, but what does it mean? It could mean a number of things. It may be that you have ductwork damage that isn’t allowing all the heated air to actually make its way into your home. It could be that something is restricting airflow and even though the heat is there you aren’t feeling it as powerfully as usual.

Whatever the case, a lack of heat from your heater is never something you should put up with. Give our staff a call so we can properly diagnose the issue and get you back in business.

For professional furnace service in Arvada, CO, contact Apple Aire: Family-Owned & Serving the Denver Metro since 1988.

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