The appliances in your home are the most important part of your day-to-day life. They keep you warm in winter, they keep you cool in summer and they make sure you have hot water when you need it. The furnace is one of those essentials for modern living because no heat would be available to anyone living in a house or apartment without it. Furnaces can be repaired by the homeowner but there are several tasks that should only be done by an experienced technician. Here are four main furnace repairs that should be carried out by a professional HVAC contractor.
No Heat Coming From the Vents
This is probably caused by a lack of gas or low gas pressure. The furnace will produce no heat if there is a lack of gas in the home. Other problems could be a restricted or blocked vent, dirty filter, or clogged burner. A heating contractor is the right person to call and have the issue fixed.
Blowing Fuses/Tripping Circuit Breakers
This problem should not go un-repaired for very long because it can cause serious damage to your heating system and other appliances in the house. Electric furnaces have two circuits that power the fan and heater, when either one fails the other tries to compensate and causes fuses to blow and breakers to trip. A heating contractor can look at all components of the furnace while they are running and pinpoint where the issue is located (either with one of two circuits).
Burning smells coming from an appliance is never good and in the case of a furnace, it may be caused by many different things. The most obvious is that there is something blocking the burner assembly (possible dirt or rust). You need the heating contractor to check and fix the issue.
Any noise produced by the furnace should raise concern and possibly turn off all power to your unit before looking into further problems with your furnace. A squeaking noise can indicate a problem with motor bearings or belts while a grinding noise usually indicates worn cast-iron parts such as the blower, motor and bearings. Generally when a furnace is making noises it should be looked at by a heating contractor.
In conclusion, it's important to be able to recognize the signs of problems with your furnace so that you don't end up paying out lots of money for repair jobs. You should inspect, clean, and replace the filters regularly during the winter months. This will keep your furnace running smoothly all through the year.
Contact a heating contractor to get help repairing your furnace.