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Furnace Emergency: When to Call in the Experts

Furnace Emergency: When to Call in the Experts

You surely don’t give that much attention to your furnace until a problem occurs. Over time, your system will wear out and soon may cause an emergency in the dead of winter.

With a thorough inspection, you’ll find that some of these issues are minor to fix, and others require the help of an expert. Here are furnace emergencies that need professional assistance:

Electrical Issues are at Play

When it comes to your heating system, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. So if an electrical issue is at play like, frayed wirings or faulty outlets, it’s a must to have a qualified professional to check your home’s electrical and HVAC equipment.

Your Furnace is Making Loud and Strange Noises

It’s not normal for a furnace to run loudly. So if yours is making odd and disturbing noises, there may be a problem with the belt, burner, bearings, or other parts of the system. Whether it’s a popping, squealing, rattling, or grinding sound, it’s important to have your furnace checked out by a certified technician.

It’s Turning On and Off

Rapid cycling happens when your furnace turns on and off more often. Sometimes, the cause could be a dirty or worn-out filter, but in most cases, there may be a more serious problem behind. Although replacing the filters is a quick and easy fix, it’s best to seek the help of a professional to handle the issue and reduce the risk of costlier repairs in the future.

Your System Blows Cold Air

In the winter, you expect your furnace to blow warm air to keep you comfortable indoors. But what if it gives off cold air instead? When this happens, you know something’s not right. Several issues can cause your heater to blow cold air, including a defective thermostat, a faulty blower motor or run capacitor, inadequate gas supply, and a clogged condensate line. When faced with this problem, calling the experts is the best way out.

The Pilot Light Flame Isn’t Blue

When you have a furnace, you should always be aware of the color of the pilot light flame. If it’s closer to yellow or any color other than blue, then it indicates a combustion issue. And with combustion issues, there hides the silent killer—CARBON MONOXIDE. Any change in the flame color is a sign of a bigger issue that can be detrimental to your comfort and health. Make sure to have your furnace checked quickly!

If you suspect that your furnace in the greater Coeur d’ Alene or Spokane area isn’t working properly, feel free to call in our HVAC specialists at Bills Heating & A/C.

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