Furnace systems are very complex. When dealing with an important appliance like this, you’ll need to be one of two things—a trained and licensed HVAC professional or a vigilant homeowner with the phone number of a trained and licensed HVAC professional!
This because without the right training and expertise, your efforts to service your furnace could lead to property damage, further repair needs, and even injury. Fortunately, we are here to help! Remember, the best way to prevent furnace repair needs is with maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, ensuring that your furnace operates as well as it should for as long as it should.
But even with maintenance, you still might need a surprise repair here or there. How do you know when it’s time?
Understanding the Signs of Furnace Repair Needs
It’s not always obvious when a furnace system needs repair. It’s always a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician take a look at your heating system, whether it’s showing signs of repair or you’ve just scheduled a tune-up.
You can, however, certainly watch and listen for indications of problems on your own, and then give our team a call when you notice them. These indications can include the following:
When you start a furnace up for the first time in the winter, it can smell a little funky. This is due to the dust that has to burn off of the jets and the burners when the furnace cycle son for the first time. But the beginning of winter and the start of furnace use is the only time you should smell any type of burning at all.
If you smell it now, you might be detecting an electrical issue. If you have a gas-powered furnace, you definitely do not want to ignore any strange smells. Please shut off your furnace and call for emergency services if you detect this.
Pilot Light Issues
The pilot light of your gas-powered furnace is vital to the function of your gas furnace. It’s also an easy place to tell if there are any problems with the system. For example, a pilot light that is burning yellow or orange indicates that the system is suffering from a lack of oxygen, which can signal a problem with the exhaust. Contact a professional if you suspect there’s an issue with your pilot light!
Lack of Heat
This is a very apparent sign of a furnace problem, right? After all, the whole reason you have a heating system is to heat your home. No matter what the temperature is outside, if you think that your home is chillier than it should be inside, it’s a sign that something may be amiss with your furnace. It can be a thermostat or ductwork problem, or it can be a problem internally in the furnace. The best thing you can do is call the professionals for an assessment.