The furnacethat sturdy, archaic-looking thing in your basementis easy to forget about. Although it may look like it will keep chugging along forever, it does need occasional maintenance to stay functional.

Here are some signs that your furnace might be in need of repair:

Strange Sounds
Are you hearing an odd clunking sound in the middle of the night? Or a series of bizarre clicks or scrapes? This is one of the biggest red flags when it comes to furnace maintenance. Have a professional diagnose the problem as soon as possible.

Pools of Water
If you are finding puddles around or under your furnace, this is likely due to a line clogged by dust, debris, or mold.

You Smell Gas
The smell of gas is a telltale sign that your furnace needs a checkup. Carbon monoxide is dangerous to you and your family, and can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of muscle control, and vision problems.

High Electricity Bills
Have your electricity bills increased significantly for no apparent reason? Your furnace may be to blame. Get a professional to check it out.

Broken Thermostat
If you’re turning up the thermostat, but your house is still freezing, either your furnace or thermostat is in need of repair. For digital thermostats, check or replace the batteries. If the system doesn’t start working, your furnace is likely the problem.

Yellow Pilot Light
A blue pilot light signifies your furnace is healthy and working properly. A yellow pilot light means the gases emitted from your furnace are not being released in the right proportions.

Stopping and Starting
An over-cycling furnace will shut on and off repeatedly, booting up more often than it needs to. This is likely caused by issues with the thermostat, a clogged filter, or bad air circulation.

No Recent Checkup
If you haven’t had your furnace inspected in a year or two, you may want to consider hiring a professional to ensure all components are working properly. To prolong the life of your furnace, you should get it inspected once a year. If your furnace is over 15 years old, you may want to consider purchasing a new unit.

Make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency by getting it cleaned regularly. Not only will it run longer without any issues, it will save you money by efficiently heating your home. Our experts at RJ Wiley provide thorough furnace cleaning in Hamilton and surrounding areas at competitive prices.

For more information, or to request your free estimate, contact us today for all your furnace cleaning, service and repair needs.