Signs That Your Heater Needs To Be Serviced
Examine the Furnace Power Switch
Some furnaces feature an on/off switch that is incredibly easy to accidentally turn off. If you keep holiday decorations in an attic near your furnace, it’s likely that you accidentally turned it off.
Consider checking the on/off switch on the furnace in your attic if you’ve had any other specialists near your furnace, such as a cable/Internet installer, holiday lights installer, electrician, or plumber.
Change the Air Filters
When was the last time you changed your home’s air filters? I’m hoping the answer isn’t many years! Filters that are clogged or unclean can wear down the electrical components that keep warm air moving through your home’s air vents. They can also “choke” your system, causing it to stop working. If your heater isn’t able to take in enough air, it will overheat and shut down, causing complications.
Some homes have filters in the return air vents, while others have air filters in the furnace. We don’t recommend double-filtering unless your system is built to support it.
Take Note of Any Odors
You shouldn’t be able to smell anything in the air if your heater isn’t working. If you smell a burnt or smoky odor, or a gas odor, this can be a warning indication, and you should seek expert assistance immediately.
You will not be able to notice a carbon monoxide leak on your own, which is why we advocate installing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms in every home. This is especially crucial for gas-fired furnaces since combustion generates carbon monoxide, an odorless and toxic gas. If your home’s carbon monoxide alarm goes off, get everyone out and call the fire department.