As the area’s top-pick for all HVAC services, including water heater repair in Oley, PA, and the surrounding areas, New Age Air wants to ensure that our customers start the year off safely by checking for signs of furnace failure in their homes. A malfunctioning oil or gas furnace can have dangerous implications for you and your family, and we want to provide our customers with a few ways to detect a failing oil furnace using only their senses (excluding taste).

Feel – The first and most noticeable sign of a failing furnace is the fact that your home is frigid, especially during these winter months, even though your thermostat is cranked all the way up. If you wake up in the morning and feel no warm air coming out of the vents, that’s an easy indicator that your furnace is malfunctioning. If the heat isn’t flowing, this could mean that there is either an issue with the fuel source or the furnace as a whole unit.  

Look – There are a few critical signs to look for when you believe the furnace is acting up. The first place to look is the pilot light. Ordinarily, your furnace’s pilot light will be a steady blue flame — if in the event your furnace’s pilot light seems to be displaying other colors, such as yellow, orange, or brown, that could mean that there is an issue with the ventilation system. Discoloration of the pilot light could reveal that there is dangerous, noxious gas and sediment building up inside the furnace.

A second visual indicator that your furnace is failing might be seen in the areas of the home where the vent openings are found. If your furnace isn’t functioning correctly, it can disperse dirt and sediment into the air which will cling to surfaces and materials throughout the house.

Listen – Three noises to listen for in a failing furnace are whistle-like noises as well as loud, rattling or rumbling noises, and hissing noises. Those sounds can be a good indicator of which part of the furnace is failing. A squeal-like whistle could indicate an issue with the fan or belt, whereas a loud, persistent rumble could mean that there are internal components that have detached or are too loose. The third, hissing noise, could indicate the fuel line is punctured or disconnected. All of these noises require immediate HVAC technician attention.

Smell – We all know that residential furnaces produce a less than desirable smell when they’re fired up for the first time of the year, but if your nose can detect any irregular odors or gas-like stenches throughout the home, there may be a significant health risk to you and your family. Carbon monoxide, which is lethal at high levels and over prolonged periods, is completely odorless, so what you’re smelling is most likely a byproduct of the combustion process inside the furnace. If your nose detects that something is off, contact us immediately to assess the situation.

In addition to our furnace repair services in Oley, PA; our HVAC technicians extend all of our services to the following surrounding areas:

  • Collegeville
  • Phoenixville
  • Royersford/Limerick
  • Schwenksville
  • Spring City
  • Harleysville
  • Audubon/Eagleville/Worcester
  • Pottstown
  • Montgomery County
  • Chester County

If you believe that your furnace is failing, give us a call today at 610-298-0271, and we’ll have one of our trained HVAC technicians right over to resolve any issue as soon as possible.