If your natural gas cost shot through the roof recently, you might be wondering if your furnace is to blame. Many homeowners have called us, concerned about furnace damage or faulty installation.
But your furnace might not be the problem at all.
You may want to blame your furnace for the recent spike in your gas costs. It is true that some furnace issues, like dirty filters and 气体泄漏, can make your natural gas bill go up unexpectedly. You should take this into consideration, but your furnace might not be the problem.
The worldwide spike in natural gas prices
Starting in October there was a significant increase in the price of natural gas in 新墨西哥. Rachel Lorenz, writing for the ABQ杂志, quoted Tim Korte from the 新墨西哥天然气公司 as saying that the cost of gas in October was 179% higher than last year and was expected to be 135% in November. If your gas bill spiked in October or November, chances are high that your furnace is working correctly.
Why did the gas prices go up?
International Supply and Demand
别担心, 新墨西哥天然气公司 不是欺骗你. The price they pay for natural gas is the price you pay because regulations prevent them from making a profit. The price increase comes from the limited supply and the high demand worldwide. 新墨西哥天然气公司 is at the mercy of worldwide prices, meaning so are New Mexicans.
According to Robert Nott, writing for the 新墨西哥圣达菲, the big storm in February of 2021 that shut down parts of Texas and 新墨西哥 cost the 新墨西哥天然气公司 over $100 million. To help recoup some of those losses, they have been charging $5 – $10 more per month since July 2021. Honestly, many New Mexicans may not have noticed this increase at all. The real leap in price is due to supply and demand.
How do I know for sure that it isn’t my furnace?
It’s good to keep an eye on your furnace’s gas usage. Keep in mind, the colder it gets, the more gas your furnace will use to keep your house warm. If you experience a somewhat higher gas bill in a month when the weather gets significantly colder (usually between October and December), then it’s probably not due to damage or faulty installation.
That being said, some furnace issues can cause significant spikes in energy bills:
脏炉过滤器- Your furnace filter is there to capture dust and debris before it gets to your heat exchanger. If the filter isn’t changed regularly, it gets clogged. Your furnace has to work harder to bring air in through the dirty filter, making it use more gas to get the job done. If you haven’t changed your filter in more than three months, it’s definitely time.
气体泄漏, Naturally, a 气体泄漏 will make your gas bill go up. It’s also dangerous to your health and safety. If you notice a rotten egg smell, breeze-like movement of dust on the floor, hissing sounds from gas appliances, or dead/dying plants near your gas line, 你可能有漏洞.
如果你怀疑你有 气体泄漏，执行以下操作 立即:
- 熄灭任何明火. This includes cigarettes, candles, and fireplaces. Turn off all gas-using appliances like stoves, water heaters, and gas dryers. Anything that has a pilot light or an open flame is a hazard. It’s also suggested you don’t start your car or flip any electrical switches. Don’t do anything that risks a spark.
- 走出家门. Remove yourself and your family from the house as soon as possible. If the gas comes in contact with an open flame, you don’t want to be nearby.
- Call 新墨西哥天然气公司 立即. Call the emergency number 1-888-NM-GAS-CO (1-) right away. They will come out and test for a 气体泄漏.
- If a 气体泄漏 is detected, call TLC. 煤气泄漏是危险的, 如果找到一个, the appliance will be red-tagged or the meter pulled, but the gas company doesn’t do repairs. You’ll need to call a plumber to fix the problem. 薄层色谱的 燃气管道专家 will get you taken care of as quickly as possible so you can get on with your life.
安排你的 气体泄漏 detection and repair 今天.
There’s a good chance that your shockingly higher gas bill is simply due to market conditions. Still, it’s good to keep an eye on your furnace too. If you’re experiencing furnace issues along with an increased gas bill, call 薄层色谱的 expert heating professionals to inspect your furnace and make sure there’s nothing else going on.
There’s help for high gas bills
The sudden increase in gas prices is a hardship for many New Mexican families. 新墨西哥天然气公司 knows this and has compiled a list of assistance programs, 还有节约汽油的技巧, 帮助. You can find these resources on their webpage: nmgco.com/en/gas_price.