Sometimes it seems as though your furnace breaks down at the least opportune moment — on the coldest night of the year, on the weekend, when you have guests coming over. The list goes on and on. At Service Champions, our 180+ technicians are on call 24/7 to repair your furnace whenever you need it. But you can do one better, by scheduling a furnace tune-up before disaster strikes to ensure that your furnace is healthy and running efficiently.
Because you’re trying to stop a problem before it starts, it can be difficult to know when it’s time for a furnace tune-up. Here are a few helpful hints.
Can’t Get Comfortable
Are you struggling to feel comfortable in your own home? Maybe there are a few rooms that just feel a little drafty on cold days and nights, or maybe you have to wear a bulky sweater to really feel cozy in the winter. Your home should be the place where you feel the most comfortable, and if you’re still not there even with the heat on, there may be an issue with the efficiency of your heater.
Make sure that you check out all the rooms of your home. Just because your bathroom or bedroom is warm doesn’t mean you don’t have problems with drafts in your kitchen or living room. If there are inconsistencies or if something feels not quite right, it’s time to schedule a furnace tune-up.
Spike in Energy Bills
Another way to notice that your furnace may need a tune-up is to take a look at your energy bills. It’s natural that your heating and cooling bills will go up when you turn on the furnace, but is the difference drastic? Do the bills continue to spike upwards month after month? If that’s the case, your furnace probably isn’t as energy efficient as it could be. A furnace tune-up can diagnose the problem and fix it so that you save money throughout the winter and your home stays comfortable.
Your Furnace Smells or Is Noisy
If you have a gas furnace, you’ll probably have a slight odor problem the first time you turn it on for the year. However, if your furnace consistently smells throughout the colder months, that could speak to a bigger and potentially dangerous problem. Another sign is loud banging noises while the furnace runs, which could indicate an issue with the blower motor. A furnace tune-up will tell you exactly what the problem is and how to go about repairing it before it leads to a costlier issue.
Do you think you might be in need of a furnace tune-up? Let us help! Contact Service Champions today for more information or to schedule your tune-up. And consider our MVP membership, which includes annual tune-ups as well as lifetime warranties on parts and labor for any repairs.