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Top 5 Signs You Need Furnace Maintenance in Southern New Jersey

Posted on January 2, 2014 by admin in Blog, Heating

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1. Inadequate heat production.                                                   

This can point to a whole range of issues within your furnace, most of which can be remedied with a professional tune up by Raynor Services. So call in one of our heating experts to test your furnace before it gets too cold to check if it’s putting out enough heat to keep you warm all winter.

2. Carbon monoxide detector goes off.

If you have gas appliances in your home you should always have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed to monitor levels in your home. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion and is known as the ‘silent killer’ because it is completely undetectable to the human senses and can be fatal. If your CO detector does go off, this requires immediate action this requires immediate action. Get out of the house and call the fire department and Raynor Services in that order. Your local fire department will let you know when your home is safe for reentry.  Raynor Servies will come and check your gas appliances (especially your furnace) to see if they are properly venting exhaust. Remember to keep a fresh set of batteries in your CO detector at all times.

 

3. Utility bill suddenly increases without reason.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that your utility bill is more expensive during the winter months because your furnace is working harder burning more fuel to keep your home warm despite the frigid temperatures outside. However, if you notice a higher than usual spike in your bill (compared to previous years) and there has been no change in utility rates, then it could be an indicator that your furnace isn’t running very efficiently and could benefit from a tune up.

4. Loud banging sound when your furnace kicks on.

If it’s in good shape, your furnace should operate at a reasonable decibel level. But, if it’s making a big racket or you hear a loud banging noise when you turn it on, it might be that your blower motor requires repair or adjustment. Additionally, your furnace ignition could be delayed which can be dangerous. Strange sounds are best investigated by a Raynor Services heating expert.

5. Pungent fuel odor coming from furnace.

It’s normal for an oil or gas furnace to produce a light odor of burnt fuel in areas of your home near the unit. But if you’re noticing that strong smell in other rooms, you may have a leak that should be checked out by a Raynor Services technician immediately.

Proper furnace maintenance is critical to keeping your home safe and warm this winter. So don’t wait any longer—call Raynor Services today and book your furnace tune up as soon as possible.