When you live in a part of the world with temperatures that can plunge as low as 21 degrees, living without a furnace just isn't an option. So when you've got a furnace problem, we call you ASAP and get out to you as quickly as possible.
But your furnace may need repairs you don't even know about. They don't always announce they're having problems by failing to heat up. Some furnaces can be keeping your house toasty warm while secretly releasing carbon monoxide into the air.
See also: Why Good Furnaces Go Bad.
The faster you catch a problem the better off you'll be. It pays to pay attention!
It also prevents you from shivering your way through a furnace failure. Emergency service is all fine and good, but it still means being cold while the work progresses.
Are they shooting sky high, well above what you're used to paying? This means your furnace must work harder than it used to. You may be getting the same amount of heat out of it right now, but it's using twice the energy.
Furnace problems aren't the only reason this happens (it could, for example, also mean your insulation needs to be replaced). But it's a great starting point.
This is a sign of a distribution problem. Your furnace isn't effectively getting hot air to all corners of your house anymore.
It's happening for a reason.
Furnaces should not shake, rattle, or roll when you turn them on. They also shouldn't squeak or squawk. These are all signs something's starting to go awry.
Your furnace isn't Bolt. The problem could be a thermostat that isn't set correctly.
It could be a short out in either the thermostat or the fan. It could also be a problem with your fan limit switch.
Check your thermostat and see if you've got the fan setting on "Auto." If you do, it's time to call a pro to come in and take a look.
Everything mechanical breaks down eventually. If you had to get your furnace repaired last year, and the year before that, or if your furnace is more than 16 years old, then it might be time to talk about replacing your furnace instead.
It can't be stressed enough: some furnace problems are undetectable. You'll only ever catch them in time to avoid serious problems if you get an annual furnace check.
Nobody loves paying for furnace repair. It pays to take a few preventative steps.
First, keep your air filter changed according to the recommended schedule.
Second, keep all your air vents clean, and clear of obstructions.
Finally, schedule that annual maintenance check every fall! It's not just all about looking for problems. We give the furnace a tune-up, too, making sure it's ready to face our long Michigan winter.
Keep in mind eventually your furnace will wear out. A 20 year-old furnace is likely to break down even if you've taken impeccable care of it.
It's probably less than you think. While every job is different, the average price for furnace repair rolls in at around $300.
You can schedule a quote to get an exact price.