We’re now in late winter, and spring officially starts in less than a month. This doesn’t mean the immediate end of cold weather. March is notoriously unpredictable and April is often filled with cold and rainy days. Still, warmer weather is on the way as the winter wraps up, and this is a good time to remind you of the importance of keeping your furnace in good repair, no matter the season.
If you run into problems with your furnace that don’t seem too bad (such as strange noises and uneven heating), you may feel tempted to just “ride out” the rest of the cold weather and worry about getting the trouble fixed later. We understand this temptation, but please don’t give in to it. When your furnace needs professional repairs, have them taken care of as soon as possible. We’ll explain why below.
This is the most important reason to always stay on top of furnace repairs. A malfunctioning furnace can turn into a dangerous furnace, especially if it’s a gas furnace. Natural gas furnaces have several important safety features that prevent them from becoming hazardous, and if this malfunctions, it can put your home at a higher risk of combustion dangers and exposure to toxic gases. A seemingly “minor” issue like a loud clicking or booming noise, an odd odor, or spots of rust can hide a very serious and possibly dangerous issue. Don’t take chances: have the furnace inspected and repaired right away.
We hope you had furnace maintenance in Ellensburg, WA in the fall of last year since this is the best way to avoid repair issues and get a furnace to live up to its service life estimate. When malfunctions start in a furnace, they create a strain that will lead to shortening the furnace’s lifespan. The more you run a furnace with a repair need, the more this stress will affect system longevity and leave you having to replace the system a few years too early.
As we talked about at the top of this post, the weather through early spring often contains chilly surprises. You may need your furnace running regularly at any moment. If it has a malfunction that’s gone unaddressed, it increases the chance the furnace will break down the next time you need it the most. You’ll end up having to call for emergency repairs and be stuck with a cold house until our technicians can reach you.
A general rule of furnaces and other heating systems is that the sooner problems are addressed, the easier they are to fix. And that usually means they’re less expensive to fix. Allowing any malfunction to continue without repair will allow the problem to get worse. Trust us, furnace problems never get better on their own, and aside from worsening, they can also spread, leading to more repairs and more money to fix them. You’ll save yourself a hefty future repair bill if you act right away to get the furnace professionally fixed.