Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
Most homes have a furnace in their home to keep their house comfortable and warm during the winter seasons. Generally a furnace can last for years without any problems, but that doesn't mean that it won't need repairs. It is important for every homeowner to know what the signs are that their furnace is failing and needs servicing. Here are some things to look for.
1. A Discolored Pilot Light
One of the most important things to look for in your furnace is the pilot light. A healthy pilot light will be blue. This means that the gas levels are even and that the furnace is working properly. If you check the pilot light and notice that it is any other color besides blue, especially if it is yellow, you have a problem. This means that the gas levels are off and that the furnace could be leaking carbon monoxide. This could be dangerous, even fatal, to those in the house. This is why you should call for servicing immediately if you notice a problem with the pilot light.
2. Poor Air Quality
The furnace is responsible for blowing air throughout the entire house. This means that if the air quality suddenly drops or you can tell that there is a lot of extra dust and dirt in the house, you might have a problem with your furnace or your ducts.
One way to tell that there is a problem with the air quality is to pay attention to the breathing patterns of those in the house. If it appears that a lot of people in the house are coming down with what looks like seasonal allergies, then you have a problem. This could be a simple fix from the repairman that can help you to keep your family safe and healthy.
3. Leaking Water
Your furnace might have a little steam coming from it when it is being used, but it should never be leaking water. If you notice that water is pooling around the furnace you need to call for a repairman right away. Your furnace could be using extra energy to heat the house and raising your energy bill. This is why you should get this problem attended to immediately to avoid a gas leak, as well as save yourself money on your heating bill.
These are just a couple signs that you should be looking for in for your furnace to make sure it is functioning properly. For more information, talk to a professional like Bill's Heating & Air Conditioning.