Top 5 Signs of a Furnace Breaking Down

We know at Prestige Air Heating & Cooling, LLC, the cold season is here. Your furnace is what will keep your home or place of business comfortable through the winter. If you notice inadequate heat, discolored pilot light, strange noises or odors or even water pooling around your unit, give us a call before it's too late.

Look out for the following signs of furnace trouble so that you can call us before it quits functioning completely at a crucial time.

1. Inadequate heat

Is the furnace producing adequate heat? If not, first check your thermostat settings. If your thermostat is providing faulty readings or it's just stuck on a low temperature, it might be time for a replacement or service. There may also be the chance of leaking ductwork. If the connections that deliver your warm air through the home or business have holes, tears, or any type of leak, it will impede the desired airflow.

2. Discolored pilot light

Check the color of the pilot light. In a properly functioning furnace, the pilot light color is blue. A different color is a sign of a problem.

When the color of the pilot light is yellow, it means that carbon monoxide is leaking from the heat exchangers. Do not ignore this problem as carbon monoxide poses a health hazard for you and your family. If the issue is not addressed for a prolonged period, your furnace could blow.

3. Strange noises

Most furnaces do not run quietly. However, loud and sudden noises indicate a severe problem. Usually, squealing and whistling sounds are a result of fan and belt issues. Loud hammering or banging are caused by faulty internal components such as the blower motor.

4. Strange odor

It is not unusual to smell a musty odor when you turn on your furnace for the first time after a long period. But the smell should go away as the until runs. Therefore, it is a bad sign if the smell persists. The problem could be easily fixed by replacing the air filters.

However, if you smell fuel around the unit, or a burning odor when the furnace is operating, shut down the system and call a furnace repair company immediately. If you smell gas, vacate the building and call the fire department.

5. Water pooling around the unit

Gas is not the only thing that leaks from a furnace. Check if there is water pooling around the unit. A clogged condensate line causes water leaks. The problem can only be fixed by a professional. And, it should be quickly corrected if you want your home to stay warm.

Is your furnace showing any of these signs? Call Prestige Air Heating & Cooling LLC today and have it fixed immediately. We are a heating systems specialist who operates in Bergen County, New Jersey.