October 12, 2017

With winter just around the corner, the last thing you want is for your furnace to die when you need it the most. Luckily for homeowners, your furnace will often try to tell you when it’s about to stop working. Look out for these signs so you can tell if your furnace is about to die.

1. Unusual Noises

One of the first signs that your furnace is going to die is the sudden appearance of unusual sounds. Some furnaces sound different depending on the brand, size and capacity, but you know how your furnace is supposed to sound. If you start to hear rattling, buzzing, banging, screeching, clicking or any other noises you haven’t hear from your furnace in the past, call your furnace technician to have a look at your unit and make any repairs that might be needed.

2. Constantly Resetting Your Furnace

Your furnace should work properly without much interference from you, so if you’re constantly having to reset it to make it work again, it might be trying to tell you something. Whether you’re having to reset your furnace because the thermostat isn’t working properly, or the furnace is just not turning on at all, you shouldn’t have to reset your furnace on a regular basis.

3. It’s Not Putting Out Enough Warm Air

Your thermostat’s job is to communicate the temperature you want your home to be to your furnace. But even if your thermostat seems to be working, you may notice that your home is just not meeting the temperature you’ve set your furnace to. Whether your furnace is blowing cold air or the output is weak, you’ll want to get your furnace checked to make sure it isn’t about to break down.

4. It’s Emitting Odours

When your furnace is working properly, it shouldn’t produce any kind of smell at all. If you’ve turned on your furnace after a long summer, you may notice one of three smells: electrical or metallic smells, rotten egg smell or dusty burning smell. Each one has its own cause, whether it’s components inside that are getting too hot, a sign of a gas leak or a sign that you need a deep cleaning. If you ever notice a smell coming from your furnace, turn it off immediately and call your furnace technician.

5. Your Utility Bills Are Increasing

As furnaces age, their energy efficiency starts to decrease. You may also be speeding up the aging process if you’re not having regular, yearly maintenance or if you’re not cleaning your filters. While gradual, small increases in utility bills may be normal for an aging unit, if you see a drastic increase this winter, your furnace may be on its last legs. It may be a matter of having a tune-up, or you may need to replace your unit.

If you’re a homeowner in Ontario, there are some rebates available to you for your furnace. You can get hundreds of dollars in rebates for upgrading to an energy efficient unit from IESO, Union Gas and the Government of Ontario.

At Cross Heating, we can help with your furnace maintenance needs, and we can help guide you so you get all the rebates you’re entitled to. Contact us to get started!