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4 Signs of a Broken Furnace February 12, 2019

Cripple Creek, Fairbanks North Star
4 Signs of a Broken Furnace, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska

Your furnace is responsible for keeping your home warm during treacherously cold weather. A breakdown could lead to serious discomfort, so it’s vital to recognize the warning signs that could indicate a problem with the unit. Here are just a few that you should keep in mind so that you’ll know when to contact a furnace repair professional.

Key Signs That Your Furnace Is Broken

1. It Makes Some Unusual Noises

furnace repairOne of the most obvious signs of a problem is an unsettling squealing or banging noise emanating from the unit. The sounds might be indicative of an old furnace that needs to be replaced, or one that has a broken belt, a damaged lower motor, or loose parts somewhere within the system.

2. It Causes Energy Bills to Spike

Have your bills suddenly gone up? That could be a sign that your furnace is expending more energy than necessary to keep your home as warm as you want it to be. Old, poorly maintained furnaces are most at risk, but a broken part could cause it to work overtime to meet your desired temperature setting. After furnace repairs are complete, monitor the bill to make sure your rates go down.

3. It Shows Some Visible Problems

While you shouldn’t attempt to perform any furnace repairs yourself, it’s safe to take a look at the unit for signs of damage. Take note of the normally blue burner flame. If it’s yellow, that’s a sign that the unit is emitting dangerous carbon monoxide fumes. You may also notice soot around the furnace, condensation on walls and windows, or rusty flue pipes. If the unit is more than 15 years old, your technician may suggest installing a new furnace instead.

4. It Produces Unreliable Results

Assess just how warm each room feels. Do some feel downright cold, while others are okay or even too warm? If you’re always adjusting the thermostat’s temperature in an effort to stay comfortable, it’s likely that the furnace isn’t regulating heat properly and thus can’t circulate that air evenly throughout your home.


Are you concerned about the condition of your furnace? Trust in the experts at Gary’s Repair & Burner Service in Ester, AK. Offering over 30 years of industry experience, these qualified technicians handle everything from furnace repairs to furnace cleaning. If they determine that you may benefit from a new furnace, they can handle the installation from start to finish. Visit the company’s website for information, or call them at (907) 474-0736 to schedule an appointment.

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