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While it may feel like the holidays just passed, the fact is that we are well into the new year and we are almost halfway through winter already. With much of the country feeling the chilling effects of winter, it is likely that you have been relying heavily on your furnace to keep you and your family warm in recent weeks. This makes it critical that you properly maintain your furnace and have it serviced if necessary so that it does not fail on you when you need it most.

How will you know if your furnace needs repairs? Here are a few of the lesser-known signs you can be on the lookout for in your home indicating that your furnace needs servicing.

Strange Smells

When you first turn on your furnace in the morning, you may notice a strange odor. This is usually nothing to be concerned about as it is likely that there is just dust in the system. However, if this smell does not dissipate quickly and is still noticeable after an hour or more, then there may be something wrong with your furnace. This odd smell could be the result of a broken electrical or mechanical part, particularly if the unusual smell reminds you of burning plastic or rubber. Regardless of the cause, you should take an odd smell seriously and call Barrett & Sons Inc. to inspect your furnace before it could potentially break down, or worse, start a fire.

Low Airflow

Does your furnace seem to produce less airflow than it used to? This can be a sign that there is either a blockage in your air ducts or that there is a problem with your fan or fan motor. Either way, reduced airflow from your furnace should not be ignored as this will result in your furnace having to work harder to heat your home. Not only will this mean higher operating costs, but this will also put an additional strain on your furnace, which could cause it to die prematurely. You should then have your furnace inspected as soon as possible if it seems to have a reduced airflow.

Knowing some of these lesser-known signs indicating furnace problems can help you to have issues with your furnace addressed before it stops working altogether. Contact us to find out more about what you should be on the lookout for and to schedule an inspection.

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