We are in the midst of winter, and you likely rely on your furnace now more than ever. Furnaces are incredibly reliable equipment, but remember, they don’t last forever. With proper care and maintenance, they can last around 15 years before they start performing poorly.
Considering that, detecting the signs that your furnace is inefficient is important. You need to detect these signs to avoid throwing money down the drain by forcing your heating system to work in overdrive without getting proper results. Here are a few signs to take notice of!
Longer Heating Times
This is one of the most notable signs that your heating system is not working correctly. If you realize that your heating system is running, but your home is taking significantly longer to warm up (or is not warming up at all), your furnace is likely having issues.
Higher Utility Bills
Sky-high utility bills are a sign that probably will take little time for you to notice! If you have seen a recent increase in your heating bill that does not align with your usage or your normal cost average, this may point to a malfunctioning system. To avoid continuously wasting money, call an HVAC expert to come and check your heating system.
Strange noises from your heating system do not always indicate a problem, but they can be a warning sign. If you start hearing screeching, banging, or clanging sounds, this may mean that some components of your system are loose or on the brink of breaking down. Although a complete replacement is sometimes the best solution, a simple repair may do the trick.
Repeat Service Calls
Regular maintenance appointments are necessary and recommended to keep your furnace up and running for as long as possible. However, if you find yourself having to put your HVAC technician on speed dial for recurring problems with your unit, there is a good chance that your furnace is inefficient and may even need to be replaced. This is especially true if your furnace is around 15 years old.
If these signs sound all too familiar, we have got you covered! At Cook Home Services, we are more than happy to come and take a look at your furnace and answer any questions you may have. Just give us a call at or contact us online.