Though our appliances are inanimate objects, they can still convey a variety of messages to us. A happy appliance will keep these interactions to a minimum, while a disgruntled one will make a big fuss and try to get your attention. It’s important to know what these signals mean, and how to interpret them. Here are a few examples of what your furnace might be trying to tell you, and how you can respond as the best homeowner ever.

Hot and cold areas in your home

If you’re feeling cold spots in your otherwise heated home, your furnace is telling you that its age is starting to wear on it. It is feeling old, creaky, and unable to do the job they once did so valiantly. This is a subtle yet clear call that their life is nearing the end.

Funny noises or smells

Furnaces should be silent and diligent in their work. If you start hearing banging, rattling, or hissing sounds from your furnace unit, it’s telling you one thing: call someone to get me looked at! Unusual smells like burning or sour scents is another cry for help. Your furnace is trying to communicate with you, so have a listen and call the furnace professionals at Action Plumbing to resolve the issues.

Spike in the heating bills

While it’s natural for heating bills to fluctuate from month to month, sometimes the bill comes in and you give an audible gasp after reading it. If your heating bill gives you this reaction, your furnace is letting you know in a clear, albeit expensive way, that they’re running less efficiently. They are just not up to the task like they once were, and it’s going to keep costing you. This can be fixed with a tune-up, repair, or in some cases, a brand-new furnace unit.

Make sure you pay attention to the signs that your furnace gives you. While they may be difficult to decipher, the end goal is always the same: a great running furnace that keeps your home comfortable at a low cost.