Cries for Help: Does Your Furnace Need Attention?

Cries for Help: Does Your Furnace Need Attention?

When thinking about getting your heater repaired, you first need to know when the right time to give your HVAC system its regular tune-up is. When trying to decide for yourself, consider the following tell-tale signs of a furnace in distress.

Pay attention every time your heater turns on and be sure to listen for any unusual sounds that might indicate that it is running below optimal efficiency. A scraping sound may be a signal that your furnace’s ball bearings are worn out; meaning a call to your HVAC specialist is likely in the near future. If you hear a high-pitched screeching, this might mean your belt needs to be replaced. When in doubt, call a professional for an experienced opinion.

Dry or dusty air

If you are finding an unusual amount of dust, or if the air in your home is exceedingly dry, it may be because your heater isn’t working properly. Dry throats, noses, and skin, or even drooping houseplants, are signs that the air quality in your home is suffering. In extreme cases, this could even pose a serious health risk.


The life expectancy of most furnaces is 15 to 20 years. If you are not sure how old your furnace is, one way to date it is to check and see if it has a pilot light. If it does, this means it is at least 25 years old and is likely in need of replacing. A good rule of thumb when deciding whether your furnace needs repairing or replacing is to add up the total cost of repairs and see how it compares to the cost of a brand new unit. If the repairs exceed 50% of a new furnace, then it’s time to replace.


Of course, the most surefire sign that your heater needs a tune-up is the rising cost of your energy bill. While quick fixes, like a belt change or swapping out your filter, can affect your bottom line drastically, sometimes the problem lies deeper. Calling your local heating and cooling services specialist can be an investment that pays off. At Axiom Home Services, we have the experience necessary to replace, repair, and maintain your furnace with the efficiency and professionalism you deserve.

If it’s time for a furnace replacement, there’s only one number you need to call for upstanding service, and that’s Axiom’s. (505) 792-9742