As a homeowner going into your first winter with the house, there are a lot of things that you need to think about. For example, as the weather cools down, it's time to fire up the furnace. When you're new to managing a home, you may not recognize the signs of problems with that furnace. Here are a few things that you should be attentive to if you want to recognize trouble signs and the need for furnace repair in the early stages.
Furnace Age And Maintenance History
The older your home's furnace is, the greater the risks you'll face a problem or furnace failure that needs repair or replacement. Consider how old your furnace is compared to the typical lifespan of that type of furnace so that you can be prepared when you might be approaching serious repair time.
The maintenance history is equally important to the age of the furnace. An older furnace that's been cared for properly and maintained on an annual basis is a furnace that's going to last longer than one that's been neglected. As a result, you should familiarize yourself with the maintenance history. In most cases, the maintenance company will hang a tag from the furnace each time they perform maintenance or service so that you can track the work done to it.
Furnace Repair Demands
If you notice that your furnace is needing more repairs than normal, or if it's needing increasingly costly repairs over time, those are key indicators that you may need to talk with your furnace repair technician about preventative maintenance and repairs or replacement. He or she can tell you how to minimize your repair needs through preventative maintenance or through a new furnace installation.
Furnace Air Filtration
When your furnace can't keep the air clean in your home, it can lead to dusty, irritating air in your house. Especially in the winter months, your home is closed up more than ever. That means that the air in your house is contained, and any dust present is going to lead to irritation and illness. Your furnace repair technician can help you with filter replacement and keeping your ductwork clean. This reduces the risk of irritation and issues.
The more you understand about your home's furnace, the easier it is to identify when you're having trouble and need repair or replacement. Talk with your furnace repair technician today about what you can do to keep your home's furnace running at its best.