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Warning signs of a failing furnace

(NC) Are you sure your furnace will keep you warm right through the winter?

It's the one appliance that is so easy to take for granted as it works around the clock to keep you cool in summer and warm through the blustery winter. The biggest test comes now when the cold January and February temperatures plunge below zero.

If this raises concerns, Dave Walton, the director of home ideas at Direct Energy, recommends we pay close attention to these warning signs to avoid being left in the cold:

• Is your furnace making unusual wheezing or hissing noises or working harder than normal?

• Is your furnace sporadically shutting down before your home heats to the temperature on your thermostat?

• Have you noticed an increase in your energy bill compared to last year?

• Are there rooms in your home getting little or no heat?

If you are experiencing any of these problems, your furnace could be at risk. If it is 17 years or older it is not only at greater risk of malfunction, but it can also emit carbon monoxide throughout your home, leaving your family in danger.

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