Winter is here… as if you haven’t already been made brutally aware of that! And as temperatures begin to head south of zero outdoors, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t doing the same inside your home! Everyone can agree that there is little worse than coming in from the cold only to realize your furnace isn’t working or has been blowing cold air into your home. So keep an eye out for these 5 telltale signs that your furnace is struggling and needs repairs if it’s going to be any help at all this winter:

1. You have a difficult time getting it started.

Furnace repairs that might need to happen in order to correct this problem include thermostat replacement, rewiring of faulty connections, pilot light repair or blower motor replacement.

2. Condensation.

If you’re noticing more condensation than usual on the inside of windows and doors, a furnace repairs might your best course of action. You won’t know for sure until you get an Arco heating technician out to your house to check things out.

3. Chilly rooms and ice issues.

If cold air seems to be constantly drafting through your house, it is likely that your furnace isn’t functioning at full capacity anymore. If you notice ice is forming on your roof, it can be a sign of furnace trouble because the heat from your home is leaking up through your attic as opposed to staying down in the living areas where it belongs.

4. Your furnace is more than 15 years old.

The average life of a furnace is between 10 and 20 years, with a high end unit lasting into the upper end of that range. If your furnace is more than 15 years, it is time for some major repairs and maintenance. Or better yet, just start planning for a furnace replacement sooner rather than later.

5. Your indoor air quality is on the decline.

If your furnace is in need of repairs, you might notice a rise in breathing-related troubles among your home’s residents. These can often include asthma, allergies, dry nasal passages and more uncomfortable problems. A furnace that is not running properly could be forcing dust, mold and other irritants into the air that circulates throughout your home.

Don’t let winter win! If any of the above items describe your furnace, do not hesitate to contact the heating experts at Approved Comfort!