While it's impossible to know
precisely when a furnace will fail, often, they will give off clues that a
complete breakdown of the heating system is imminent. Unfortunately, by the time a system
failure of this extent occurs, it's almost always far past the point where minor
repairs are a possible solution, and the furnace will require a significant repair or
may need to be replaced altogether.
As mentioned above, most complete heating system breakdowns don't come as a total surprise. But, typically, some indicators occur ahead of the event that point to a possible heating outage in the near future.
Here are the top warning signs a heating breakdown is likely to occur soon:
As furnaces age, their components sustain wear, increasing the risk of a total system breakdown. On average, natural gas and oil furnaces last between 15 and 20 years, though some units show signs of wearing out after about ten years of service.
Having an old furnace doesn't
always mean your heating system will fail, but it dramatically increases the
likelihood of major breakdowns. Once furnaces reach this point in their service
lives, homeowners are typically advised to make plans for replacement so they
can avoid issues that plague heating systems in their old age, like complete
heating system outages.
Short cycling occurs when a furnace's heating cycles run for shorter time periods than they should, along with an increase in the number of heating cycles the furnace runs. This problem can be caused by system issues such as dirty air filters, overheating, blocked vents, thermostat malfunctions, dirty flame sensors, bad ignitor, or even furnace equipment that is too big for the home.
When a heating cycle starts, you should feel the heat coming through the supply vents throughout your house within a few seconds - you may notice some cool air at the very beginning of the cycle, but it should quickly resolve. However, if the furnace or heat pump continues to send cold air out through the home's vents, this may be one of the warning signs your furnace could break down.
Energy bills higher than normal with no clear cause are typically warning signs that your heater could break down. Furnaces lose energy efficiency over the years due to wear and tear, which should cause a gradual increase in energy consumption. So if your energy bills suddenly shoot up without explanation, the heating system is often to blame.
When you see the warning signs that a heating breakdown is coming, it's time to take action. First, have your system checked out by a trusted professional to determine if operating problems are caused by something that can be fixed now. If you let these issues fester, they're sure to become warning signs that heating a breakdown is near. So call Estes Services today to request furnace repairs for your Atlanta, GA, area home.