With the cold season almost starting, you can expect many Edmonton homeowners to contact their neighborhood furnace contractors because they’re having problems with their furnaces. Like most home appliances, furnaces rarely fail at a convenient time. Knowing the early signs of a furnace problem will tell you that it’s time to call your furnace replacement and repair contractor before your equipment fails completely.

Dirty and clogged filters

When filters get dirty or clogged, reduced airflow is the result. This forces your furnace to work harder than it should to reach the temperature that you’ve set. If left unchecked, a clogged air filter will eventually overload the limit switch, and you will no longer be able to control the fan’s speed.

Banging sounds when you turn the furnace on

A furnace in good working condition should be relatively quiet when you operate them. Any loud banging noise is a strong sign that there’s something wrong with the furnace’s inner mechanisms that need to be looked at. Likewise, any unusual noise, such as squeaking, rumbling, and rattling, deserves the attention of a furnace professional.

Your furnace is more than a decade old

How old is your furnace? Typically, a furnace will last anywhere between 10 and 20 years depending on how well it’s maintained and operated. If your furnace is over 10 years old, it may already be prone to problems and is about to break down soon.

The carbon monoxide detector goes off

A carbon monoxide detector going off is one of the serious signs of furnace failure. Once you have eliminated every other gas appliance and the furnace is the only one left that’s possibly the source of the leak, it may be time to have the furnace replaced.

Another sign that carbon monoxide is leaking from your furnace is when the pilot light turns yellow. This means that the heat exchanger is leaking carbon monoxide and circulating it in your indoor space.

If you encounter any of these problems with your furnace, call an Edmonton furnace repair and maintenance expert such as those at Capital Plumbing and Heating Ltd. to have your unit checked. A furnace can pose gas or combustion-related hazards, so it’s best to leave any repair job to a professional.