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4 Signs You Need Furnace Repair

The best way to stay ahead of a furnace breakdown is by preventing one from happening. To do that, you need to pay attention to the signs that something is wrong with your furnace. Then give our team a call for a furnace tune-up so that we can fix problems earlier rather than later.

You can keep reading to learn more about the top four ways to know that you need furnace repair in Ostego, MN. Then give our team a call to schedule your service appointment now. This is especially important if you haven’t already scheduled furnace maintenance for this year.

Loud Noises

This is perhaps the easiest sign to identify. Unusual sounds are usually very obvious and alarming, although they can also be quieter but persistent noises, too. Anything that is considered out of the ordinary for your heater needs to be addressed by our team of professionals. Examples of loud noises coming from your furnace include banging, booming, and screeching. Whether you hear a noise once or repeatedly, you should take it seriously and get your furnace checked out just to be safe.

Bad Odors

It is also important to understand that your furnace should never produce any bad smells. Some people think that a slight odor coming from a furnace is normal, but it is not. The only time your furnace might produce an unusual smell is when you very first turn it on for heating after it has been off during the summer.

Even then, the smell should only last for maybe 15 to 20 minutes until it goes away. This usually happens because of stale air sitting inside of your furnace while it goes unused. Smells at any other time can indicate that your furnace is malfunctioning, or that exhaust air is mixing in with the clean air to blow into your home.

Inconsistent Heat

You also want to pay attention to how your furnace heats your home. You should have consistent heat around the clock as well as from room to room in your home. Each room should be a consistent temperature and your furnace should be able to maintain that temperature around the clock so your home stays comfortable without major fluctuations. 

High Energy Costs

It’s easy to attribute increasing energy costs to prices going up or your energy usage changing. But we encourage you to investigate any changes in your energy bills. There’s always a possibility that your heater is losing efficiency due to a malfunction that needs to be addressed.

If you haven’t changed your heater settings or changed any of your other habits significantly, your energy costs should not increase. Since your heater is one of the largest appliances in your home, there’s a good chance that an increase in energy use can be attributed to your heater losing efficiency.

Contact Comfort Matters Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. With you through THE HIGHS & LOWS!

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