Have you ever taken your car in for an oil change, only to learn that the noise you’d been hearing for months was actually an indicator that something was seriously wrong with your vehicle? It can be hard to know all of the signs that something may be wrong with the technology we depend on each day, and the furnace or boiler in your home is no different!
Here are seven signs and symptoms to look out for from the heating system in your Cherry Hill, Gloucester, Pennsauken, or Southern New Jersey home that could indicate it is time for furnace repair, or maybe even furnace replacement.
1. Your Furnace Is Always Running
Sure, New Jersey gets cold during the winter months. But that doesn’t mean your furnace should be running day and night! A properly operating heating system should get your home up to the temperature you set on your thermostat, and should only cycle back on to maintain that temperature from time to time.
A furnace that remains on longer than it needs to will incur more wear and tear, and increase your heating costs. If you notice your home’s heating system is working overtime, it is time to call in the expert furnace and boiler service technicians we keep on call here at Anyzek.
2. Your Furnace Is Short Cycling
On the flip side, furnaces and boilers can sometimes turn on and off too quickly — this is called “short cycling”. There are many reasons a heating system might short cycle, including:
A dirty flame sensor rod
An oversized furnace or boiler
An overheating heat exchanger
A malfunctioning thermostat
A furnace that is short cycling will have a reduced lifespan, and can require more repairs.
3. There Isn’t Enough Heat Coming From Your Vents
When you wake up in the morning and turn up the temperature on your thermostat, you should be able to feel the heated air coming from your vents. But if you put your hand to the heater vent, and only feel lukewarm or room temperature air, it is a sign something has gone awry with your boiler or furnace. It could be as simple as a pilot light malfunction, or it could be something more serious.
4. Your Furnace is Making Loud Noises
Loud bangs, screeches, rattling, or rumbling coming from your heating system are some of the more obvious signs that something is wrong. When are you hearing the noise? Is it when you turn your furnace on or off? Does it happen intermittently while the furnace is running? Answers to these questions will help your repair technician narrow down the issue — but it should be handled by a certified professional.
5. Unexpectedly High Heating Bills or Frequent Oil Refills
When you think back to last winter, are your heating bills much higher this year? Of course, energy efficient heating is always the goal. But over the lifespan of your heating equipment, inefficiencies will develop. Anyzek can help you determine what issues are causing you to schedule oil delivery earlier than expected, and if your furnace or boiler is in need of replacement we can help you cut your heating costs and determine the best type of heating system for your home.
6. An Uptick in Furnace Breakdowns
Have you had more than one heating emergency in the last year? Is your furnace more than ten years old? It will likely be more cost effective in the long run to replace your heating system. This will depend on the unique heating needs of your home, and how old your furnace is. But bringing in a heating and cooling expert will assist in making the right decision when it comes to your home comfort.
7. Funny Smells Coming From Furnace Vents
Are you noticing a funny smell every time you turn on the heat? Smells like rotten eggs, burning, or chemicals are dangerous indicators that your furnace is blowing something potentially harmful into your breathing air. If this rings true for your home, call in a heating specialist immediately to diagnose the issue!
Need a Furnace Check? Call Anyzek!
If you’ve seen the Anyzek trucks driving around, then you already know about our fast and affordable oil delivery. But we don’t just provide the fuel your heating system needs to stay warm. We can diagnose, service, repair, and replace your heating system, too! So if you are looking for steam boiler repair companies in South Jersey, or a gas/oil heater installer near your Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington County home, don’t wait another day with a failing furnace. Call Anyzek today!