As the weather begins to chill, we find ourselves thinking about winter. Now is the time to have your furnace cleaned and serviced and to address any heating problems that began to appear last winter. While an air conditioning failure is uncomfortable in Rhode Island, a heating failure is critical. We must have heat to survive. How do you know if your furnace needs attention? Here are some expert tips.

How many repairs have you paid for in the past two years?  Furnaces will have the majority of their repairs in the last two years of their lifespan. That means the $150 and $300 repairs you invested in are often nothing more than a temporary fix to buy you more time. If you have been experiencing problems in the past couple of winters, it is wise to call for an inspection of your heating system.

Here are some tips to look for:

Is the gas flame a consistent bright blue color? Yellow or flickering flames shows an incomplete gas burn (which is dangerous).

Is the furnace making strange noises? Popping, banging, squealing noises as well as the blower constantly blowing (or turning on and off continually) is a sign that the furnace is nearing the end of its life.

Have you or your family been feeling sick? Headaches, flu-like symptoms and generally feeling poorly is often a sign of excessive carbon monoxide gas being released in the home. This is very serious. Please call for a service check immediately.

Does the air feel dry, stuffy, or stale? New furnaces keep the air quality comfortable. Poor air quality is a sign that your heating system needs attention.

There are other signs that your heating system is in need of repair or replacement. Do not take a chance with the health and well-being of your family. Call McKee Energy Solutions for a complete service check today before winter arrives.