Furnace breakdowns happen to the best of us—it’s a normal side effect of wear and tear, especially when you consider how hard your system works in winter. But there are a few things you can do to avoid an annoying heat interruption. Keep reading to find out what the West Allis Heating & Air Conditioning Comfort Advisors recommend to protect your heating system against a shutdown.

Make Maintenance a Must

Even in the middle of winter, it’s not too late for furnace maintenance. Without it, your system collects gunk and debris, loses efficiency and effectiveness, and racks up higher energy bills while trying to keep up. Schedule routine maintenance each year so our techs can keep your furnace running in peak condition and fix any issues before they cause your system to shut down. And ask about our Comfort Maintenance Agreement (CMA)—you’ll benefit from priority scheduling, no trip fees or diagnostic charges during regular hours, and product and service discounts to help you save.

Pay Attention to Potential Problems

Furnace problems can produce many different symptoms. Pay attention to the signs below and call if you notice anything out of the ordinary:

  • Odd smells: natural gas, burning, smoking, chemicals, or rotten eggs
  • Strange noises: banging, rattling, popping, squealing, or grinding metal
  • Weird sights: smoke, soot marks, visible moisture, or rust marks

The best thing you can do if you notice these or other strange things—like frequent cycling or less heat—is call our seasoned technicians right away. We’ve seen just about every problem there is and will have your system back in business in no time. Call for emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 414-543-2800.

Always Replace Air Filters at the Right Time

Airflow is a big factor in your comfort and system reliability. A dirty filter blocks airflow as it becomes clogged with dust, pet dander, and other debris. To keep up, your system has to work overtime to push air through, which can cause your air handler to break. It can also overheat your system or cause it to shut down from the strain.

Not sure what type of filter your system uses or how often to replace it? Our technician will replace yours during your annual Clean & Check—or you can stop by our WAH Comfort Store to pick one up today.

Furnace Trouble? Don’t Wait—Call for Service on Your Schedule

If your furnace is acting up, don’t ignore the signs and let things get worse. It’s best to call right away so we can find out what’s wrong and make sure your system isn’t putting your family in harm’s way. Call 414-543-2800 or contact us to schedule an appointment. We’ll get back to you ASAP and make an appointment when it’s convenient for you.