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Imagine waking up to a freezing house because your furnace has stopped working. I’m sure the thought of that happening sent shivers down your spine.

The best way to avoid having something like this happen is to schedule furnace maintenance to make sure your system is working properly.a woman wrapped in a blanket drinking a hot tea because of uneven heating in her home

However, we understand that life gets busy and sometimes these things slip your mind. There are some sure signs you can look for that tell you it’s time for a furnace tune-up!

Common Signs It’s Time for Furnace Maintenance

From our experts at Crestway HVAC, here are some common signs that tell you there’s an issue with your furnace:

Abnormal Smells

An overwhelming smell coming from your furnace is a sure sign that it’s time to have a professional come to check it. Smells are usually a warning sign of a serious issue.

The smell may also be worse in some rooms than others, or stronger in the rooms closer to the furnace.

If you smell a gas-like odour, it’s crucial that you turn off your gas supply. Call an HVAC professional immediately to come and check your furnace system.

Uneven Heating

It’s time to get your furnace serviced when you’re noticing that it is not keeping your house at a consistent temperature. When a furnace is operating at an optimal level, the temperature from room to room should not be radically different.

It’s important to note that areas in your home, such as the upstairs and basement will naturally have differing temperatures since heat rises!

Strange Noises & Water Leaks

Excessive noise or rattling is often a sign that you should call an HVAC professional to service your furnace. Strange noises include banging, rattling, abnormal hums and groans, etc

If the noise isn’t going away, it’s best to have an HVAC technician take a look at the root of the problem is.

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Increased Energy Bill

Not all signs can be spotted easily by the human eye.

If your hydro bill is higher than usual or increasing each month after you turn it on, it means it’s not running at peak efficiency.

When there is something wrong with your furnace, it ends up having to work harder to heat your home. As a result, it uses more energy to keep you warm which results in a higher monthly expense.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your furnace running at an optimal level. There are several benefits to regular furnace maintenance including:

  • Preventing furnace repairs and breakdowns from happening
  • Extending the life of your furnace
  • Improving indoor air quality
  • Catching small issues before they become larger & more expensive ones

Once a year is our base recommendation for furnace repair. However, if you can get an HVAC specialist in once in the fall and once in the spring is ideal!

Trusted Furnace Service in Ottawa

Crestway HVAC is a trusted partner for furnace repair and maintenance. You can count on our team to provide you with a thorough inspection of your furnace.HVAC technical servicing a furnace

We offer regular maintenance checks to ensure your furnace is working as efficiently as possible. On average, furnace systems last about 15 to 20 years. Without the proper maintenance, it may not last as long. Annual maintenance allows or team to catch any small issues before they become major issues. Whether you want to schedule maintenance in the fall, before you start using the system, or in the spring after you’ve used it for an entire season, our team is here to help!

Contact our team in Ottawa to schedule furnace maintenance.