Signs That You May Need Heating Systems Repair
When your furnace suddenly stops working, that is an obvious sign of repair. But besides this, there are many other scenarios where your furnace may be malfunctioning or in need of repair. Here are some scenarios to watch for:
- You are noticing a carbon monoxide leak from or around your furnace. If you can locate a leak around your furnace, call one of our techs immediately to locate the source of the leak and have your furnace repaired immediately. Other signs of a leak may include an unpleasant odor and a general feeling of being unwell.
- Strange noises are being emitted from the furnace. If you notice strange clanking noises coming from your furnace, that may be a sign that your furnace needs to be repaired.
- No additional heat is being emitted. If you are continually turning up the thermostat, but no additional heat is coming from the vents, there may be an inefficiency in your heating system. A qualified technician can pinpoint the problem to either repair or replace.
- Poor air quality. If you find that you or your family are constantly sneezing, have worsening allergies, or even asthma attacks in your house, it may be a sign that there is poor air quality in your home causing you to feel unwell.
When proper ductwork and repairs are made for your furnace and heating system, it can save you a lot of money on utility and energy bills. New filters and regular tune-ups will keep a furnace performing at it’s best and running efficiently.
The Dangers of A Carbon Monoxide Leak
Carbon monoxide is a clear gas that is often accompanied by the smell of rotten eggs, though it is generally odorless. You can help identify if you have a carbon monoxide leak by monitoring the performance of your furnace and the general wellbeing of those in the area. If the pilot on your furnace continually goes out or begins to flicker, there may be a problem. Also, if the flame is yellow instead of blue, that may also indicate a leak. Older furnaces are more likely to experience this issue as they crack due to age and enable the gas to seep out.
If you notice an unpleasant odor, you or those around you begin to feel unwell, are noticing an excess of condensation on your windows, it is important to evacuate the house immediately and call our emergency service line. Our specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for situations such as this, or if your furnace goes out and the cold is a danger to you or your family.
We can perform a thorough inspection of your heating unit, make any needed repairs, or replace the unit if necessary to prevent any further danger.
Occasionally, a malfunctioning furnace might not actually require a repair. Be sure to perform these simple checks to verify that a repair is truly necessary.
- Make sure your thermostat is set to the “heat” setting. When people are caught up in their daily lives, they often forget to switch the thermostat when the seasons change.
- Make sure your furnace switch is on. This looks like a normal light switch, and should be in the “up” position. Since most furnaces have built-in delays, wait a couple of minutes before verifying whether or not it will turn on.
- Change your furnace filter. Dirty filters are one of the most common causes of inefficient furnace performance, so be sure to change your filter every three to four months.
- Check the circuit breaker. Go to your home’s circuit breaker panel, and locate the breaker that controls your furnace. If it is in the “off” position, cycle the breaker to “off” and reset it to the “on” position.
- If you notice an intense gas smell, call a professional repair service immediately.
A furnace that is not maintained can become a huge financial burden as well as possibly endangering the lives of those in the home. When a furnace stops working in freezing temperatures, it can become impossible to remain in your home.
It is incredibly important to maintain the quality of your furnace by replacing the air filters every three to four months and having it cleaned of accumulating dust, debris, and dirt. Regular inspections by professional technicians can also make sure that your furnace is running reliably and at high efficiency, and that you won’t be left without heat in the frigid winter months.
Furnace Repair and Maintenance Packages
Regular preventative maintenance is a great idea for all HVAC, heating and air equipment, and furnaces are no exception. Having your furnace periodically serviced will enable you to identify minor problems before they develop into major issues. Proper maintenance can ensure that your furnace or heating and cooling systems run smoothly and have a longer life. It also will prevent you from experiencing an unexpected emergency and being forced to pay for expensive repairs or replacements.
Whether you have an oil or gas furnace, we are fully equipped to handle all your furnace needs. To learn more about our furnace service or HVAC repair packages, call us today and get a free estimate.