Often, the most obvious symptom of a leaking furnace is stepping into a puddle of water near it.
Your furnace is leaking water for several reasons, some of which you can solve on your own, while others will require the assistance of a technician.
Even if you end up calling a furnace repair company, understanding why your furnace leaks water can empower you to choose the best solution and ask questions to understand how the repair will be done. Whether or not you decide to call a furnace repair company, understanding why your furnace is leaking water will enable you to select the best solution and ask questions to understand how it will be repaired. You can do a few things before contacting a repair company. Consider the most likely leak sources in your home based on whether you own a condensing furnace or a conventional furnace. Determine whether the furnace leaks when the air conditioner is on. Identify the source of the leak and consider how easy and comfortable it is to perform small DIY tests on the unit. If the leak persists, call a repair technician. Many of the challenges that cause a furnace to leak can be remedied for a much lower investment than replacing the whole unit. An average furnace repair costs $300. An average furnace replacement costs $4500. If your furnace is more than 16 years old, you have made recent repairs or upgrades, your energy bills continue to rise, and your furnace continuously makes strange noises, it may be time to replace the entire system. Don’t ignore the warning signs of a malfunctioning furnace. It’s better to replace an old unit while it is still working than to wait until winter and have to battle the cold while you wait for an HVAC company to arrive.