All furnaces make some noises, but learning the language of your furnace is important for detecting potentially dangerous problems. Rattling, humming or squealing noises from your furnace may be simply the result of loose screws. Other sounds, such as grinding or whining, could be expensive to fix but are probably not extremely dangerous.
If your furnace is getting older, you may be wondering how long you can expect it to last. The average service life of a gas furnace is about 15 years, but the actual life span of an individual unit can vary greatly. There are a number of contributing factors that determine the age a furnace reaches:
If your furnace is 90% efficient or greater, you probably have PVC pipes coming out of the wall of your home that look something like those pictured here. These pipes allow the furnace to intake fresh air and to safely vent flue gasses out of the home. We had a client recently ask us if they
When your heat suddenly goes out in the middle of winter it can be considered an emergency, especially in an ice-cold place like Cleveland. Without heat, your home will become uninhabitable quickly and you’re likely to have issues with freezing pipes. Luckily, many of the most common Cleveland heating emergencies aren’t as hard or as expensive to fix
With temperatures dropping, the last thing you want to face is a complete failure of your furnace. Depending on the age of your model, it may be time to consider a new unit. Impending furnace failure often comes with some symptoms that if noticed beforehand, can lead you to contact your trusted HVAC technician before you’re left
If your HVAC contractor or utility company has red-tagged your furnace, operating it could prove hazardous to your health. While there are many problems that can put a furnace out of commission, a cracked heat exchanger is one of the most common. In the heat exchanger, the furnace burns fuel, turning it into usable heat energy
Airflow problems can have a significant impact on your indoor comfort anytime but especially during heating season. It’s a good idea to get these taken care of before the cold weather has a chance to settle in. Some signals of airflow problems include temperature fluctuations in a single room, or variations from one room to the next,