Sometimes appliances fail with little or no warning. Other times, homeowners are fortunate enough to experience some warning signs, and when the signs of failure motivate the homeowner to call a professional, complete failure can often be avoided, or at least put off. When it comes to your home’s furnace, there are 3 common signs that suggest your furnace is failing.

1. Strange Sounds – We all know that furnaces make sounds from time to time. It is usually not of concern when the furnace makes a sound here and there, but when you begin to hear sounds that you have never heard before, your furnace might be on its way out. Grinding, clicking, and squealing sounds are not normal and suggest you should make a call to a furnace repair professional.

2. Unusual Odor – Most of us know what our furnace smells like when it is turned on for the first time of the season. That smell typically dissipates rather quickly and is considered somewhat normal. If your furnace is producing a smell that is unpleasant and does not go away, then it is time to contact a professional. Remember, furnaces can produce carbon monoxide gas, which is deadly and odorless. For this reason, it is wise to have a carbon monoxide detector in the home. The furnace might also have a flaw causing a natural gas leak. If you notice a sulfur smell in your home, contact your natural gas provider immediately and vacate the premises.

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3. Unstable Temperature – While this might be a function of a broken thermostat, it could also indicate a major problem with your furnace. To troubleshoot, try a new thermostat and see if the problem is fixed. If the temperature remains inconsistent, you should contact a professional.

Furnaces, like other major appliances, have a lifespan. In general, if you maintain your furnace properly, you can expect it to function well for a significant amount of time. However, if you experience one or more of these problems, it is probably wise to begin putting some money aside to purchase a new furnace. No matter what type of attention your furnace needs, trust the experts at AJR Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration, Inc. for all of your maintenance and repair needs. Whether you’re ready to make a call to schedule annual maintenance, or your furnace is in a state of serious disrepair, contact us today!

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