12 Mar How to Tell if Your Gas Furnace is Operating Properly
The condition of your gas furnace can often have a direct impact on your home’s energy cost and the health of your family. Although your HVAC professional can deliver the best analysis of your system’s performance, you can still estimate its condition by inspecting it periodically. Make sure your furnace is:
- Quiet. Some furnace noises are normal and created during its operation. However, pings, pops, rumbles and screeches are not sounds that you’d hear from a furnace that’s running as well as it should. Any of these sounds may tell you that it’s time to have a professional tend to your system.
- Odorless. After sitting for a long period without running, you may often notice a slight burning dust or dirt smell during your furnace’s first few cycles. Any other odor may signal trouble, especially if you smell gas, burning rubber, or plastic. If you do smell natural gas, leave your home immediately and walk away from your house before calling 911 or your gas provider. Turn your furnace off immediately if you smell burning odors other than dust and call your HVAC provider for immediate service.
- In good condition. Your gas furnace should show no signs of wear, rust, soot, or dirt deposits. When your furnace does run, the color of the flame inside the burner should be blue. If your gas burns yellow, this may indicate it’s not getting enough oxygen and is creating carbon monoxide.
- Clean. Checking your filter monthly and changing it when it’s dirty will prolong the life of your furnace and keep energy bills lower.
- Operating efficiently. Locate the specified temperature rise for your furnace on a plate inside the blower and test the temperature rise by placing an instant read thermometer in the register closest to the blower compartment. It should be close to what the manufacturer specified. If not, contact your HVAC professional.
To learn more about the condition of your gas furnace, contact the pros at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning.