When the cold weather rolls in, you rely on your furnace to keep you and your family warm and comfortable until spring. And while a furnace that doesn’t work at all is obviously a problem, your furnace could have issues that you may not realize are signs that you need to schedule furnace repair.

Keep an eye out for these 10 signs your furnace needs some TLC, and contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling to schedule furnace repair if you live in Oshawa or Durham Region.

You Haven’t Had It Serviced Regularly

Your furnace may appear to be working just fine, but there could be some unseen issues that will cause major problems down the road. If it’s been awhile since you’ve scheduled furnace maintenance, it’s time to have it inspected and serviced.

Water Is Pooling Around the Furnace

A clogged condensation line can cause a water leak around your furnace. This will prevent your furnace from heating your home as efficiently as it should. If you notice that water is pooling around the unit, schedule a furnace repair with a professional right away.

You Smell Gas

Another substance that your furnace can leak is gas. If you notice the smell of gas while your furnace is running leave your house immediately and call your local utility provider or fire department from outside the home as static electricity could be extremely hazardous if a gas leak is present.

Gas is highly flammable and a leak needs to be addressed right away. Contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling to schedule an emergency furnace repair if the furnace is the cause of the gas leak.

You Hear Strange Noises

You should be able to hear when your furnace turns on, but if you hear strange noises accompanying your system whirring to life, there could be a component that’s malfunctioning. If you hear pops, squeaks, scraping, thumping, or banging, something isn’t working correctly.

It’s easiest to have a trained HVAC professional troubleshoot these noises, so schedule a furnace repair to have the problem checked out.

The Airflow Is Weak

There are a variety of reasons that the airflow from your furnace could weaken, but none of them are good. It could be something as simple as a fan or filter issue, but it could also be a problem with the belt or motor. Schedule a furnace repair to get it taken care of right away.

The Furnace Blows Cold Air

Your furnace is supposed to keep you warm, not cool. Schedule an appointment with a professional to evaluate your system.

The Thermostat Doesn’t Work

If you keep having to turn the temperature up on your thermostat, there’s probably something wrong with it. When your thermostat malfunctions, it’s likely an electrical issue that an HVAC professional needs to address. They will look for things like loose wiring, a blown fuse, and tripped circuit breakers.

Your Energy Bill Has Risen Significantly

When your furnace has to work harder to do its job, it uses more energy. This will cause a spike in your energy bill. There are a lot of potential culprits when your furnace is using more energy than usual, so hiring a trained technician is your best bet to have the problem fixed.

The Furnace Keeps Cycling

A furnace that’s constantly turning on and off again could be caused by a variety of issues. A clogged filter, poor air circulation, or a faulty thermostat can cause this cycling. Schedule a furnace repair to find out what’s causing the problem.

The System Is Old

The older your furnace is, the more problems you’re likely to experience with it. Furnace repair is one option, but it may be in your best interest to replace the whole system. Contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling for all of your furnace repair, maintenance, and installation needs to stay warm this winter.