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Signs that Indicate Your Chicagoland Residential or Commercial Furnace Needs Repair

Have you been noticing that your furnace is not functioning the way it used to? Are you noticing cold spots in your home or business, unfamiliar noises, or abnormal smells? All of these could indicate that your Chicagoland furnace needs attention.

Why is this important? Well, the last thing you would want is your furnace to start malfunctioning — or even worse, breakdown in the midst of winter. Both a malfunction or a breakdown of your furnace can be prevented if you pay close attention to the early signs from the furnace.

Here are six basic signs you need to be aware of as a homeowner or business owner which indicate that your furnace needs repair:

1. Abnormal Furnace Smells

Smells from the furnace are initially noticed when the furnace is started for the first time in the season. Generally, as the unit runs, these smells tend to disappear. However, if you notice a strong fuel smell around the heating system that appears suddenly, or a smell that does not decline with time, chances are that your furnace needs to be repaired.

The smells could indicate a collection of excessive dust in the duct or leaking gas. Keeping safety in mind, it is important to have a furnace professional analyze the odor to determine its cause.

2. Strange Noises

Strange noises that have recently started to become audible are a reason for concern and must not be overlooked. Whether it’s a sudden bang, clang, or a persistent buzzing noise, it should be brought to the attention of a qualified Chicagoland furnace repair technician immediately.

3. Inadequate Heat

For obvious reasons, if the furnace is not doing its job, it needs to be repaired. It’s time to schedule repairs if you find cold spots in your home, or if regardless of the thermostat setting, the furnace is producing low or no heat.

A furnace repair professional will most likely determine that either the thermostat is not communicating accurately with the furnace unit, or that there are leaking ducts that are allowing the heated air to escape.

4. Tripped Carbon Monoxide Detector

The furnace system has a in-built carbon monoxide detector that will alert you if the surrounding air has any traces of harmful gases. If the detector has gone off, your first action should be to open the windows for ventilation and shut off the furnace immediately.

Safety is a primary concern, so consult with your furnace repair contractor as well as your gas company to identify the source of the leak.

5. Discolored Pilot Light

A healthy pilot light is generally blue in color. A pilot light that is faded or of a different color, such as yellow, could indicate a problem with the ventilation. It is vital to pay attention to the pilot light, as this could occur when poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide are not dissipated correctly, thereby posing a danger to the health of the residents.

6. High Electricity Bills

Soaring electricity bills are another indicator of a furnace problem. In many cases, this is due to a malfunction in the heat pump. If that is the cause, the heating system is clearly strained. It is advisable to have the furnace repaired to avoid any premature breakdown of the overall system.

Do you need to get your residential or commercial Chicagoland furnace repaired?

Whether you are noticing any of the above signs with your furnace system, or if you feel that the furnace is not operating to its capacity and efficiency, we at Elite Air Inc are the people to see.

Our team of seasoned professionals and certified technicians will identify the cause of the problem and have your furnace repaired and functional in no time.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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