Is My Furnace Broken?

One of the most frightening occurrences in a house? A broken furnace. Just like a stove or toilet, this essential feature will need to be repaired or replaced from time to time. But despite what you may think, it's not always easy to spot a broken unit. Not sure what to look for? Here’s what you need to know:

Broken Thermostat

You know the moment well: it’s a cold, winter day and you attempt to turn the temperature up a notch, but your home still feels more like an igloo, rather than the lobby of a ski lodge.

While it’s possible that your thermostat is broken, it’s more likely to be the result of a broken furnace. The best way to think about this occurrence? Comparing it to a table lamp (the thermostat) that isn’t plugged into a nearby outlet (the furnace).

High Utility Bill

Another sign of a broken furnace is that your energy bill will soar to new heights. Typically, when your unit is on its last leg, the remaining functioning parts will have to work twice as hard to get the job done.

This, of course, will cause your furnace to exert more energy than what’s needed — which will continue to cause that monetary spike each month. Sure, you might think it’s normal for a price increase, but nine out of ten times it’s actually caused by a decomposing furnace.

Gas Smell

Does your home have a unique, yet, unsettling fragrance lately? No, it’s not coming from your bathroom — it’s coming from your furnace. If you happen to smell gas, then it’s a fatal sign that your unit is breaking down or indefinitely broken.

The minute you get a hint of this smell, it’s essential to turn your furnace off right away, since there is the potential it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Random Noises

Is your furnace making more noise than usual? If that’s the case, those sound effects are probably the result of a loose or damaged part in your unit.

Of course, when you hear anything out of the ordinary when it comes to this essential machine, then it’s critical to have the problem repaired and taken care of right away. This will help keep your unit in pristine shape, while keeping you and your family safe from any potential harm, too.

Think your furnace is in need of a repair or replacement? If so, call Proactive Comfort today at (603) 239-2346 for expert heating service and repairs in Manchester, NH. We also serve customers throughout Hooksett, Nashua, and Hillsborough County.

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