Posted: 2 Jan '20

Things to Look Out For to Know When Your Furnace Needs to be Repaired

It is never a good idea to put off furnace repair because you could be putting your and your family’s safety at risk. You also risk causing damage to your St. Albert home and additional damage to your HVAC system. However, there might be a time where you might not be able to avoid delaying repairs temporarily whether it is because of a budgeting or scheduling issue on your end. If you know that your furnace is having some sort of issue, you should be aware of these several signs that you need service from a furnace repair professional as soon as possible.

Your Carbon Monoxide Detector is Triggered

Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and can be deadly. If either your furnace’s built-in detector or your home’s carbon monoxide detector is triggered, that means that the amount of this gas has reached a dangerous level. It is a sign that your furnace is malfunctioning or there is an issue with its ventilation. When this happens, you must turn your furnace off and open all the windows in your home to let fresh air in. You need to contact a furnace repair professional and your gas company to evaluate your furnace and make repairs before using your furnace again.

You Smell Strong Odors Like Smoke or Gas

It is common to smell some odors after having a new furnace installed. However, if your furnace is not new, and you smell strong odors like smoke or gas that suddenly appears, you could have a serious problem like a gas leak or an electrical issue. It could also be a sign that an excessive amount of dust has accumulated in your furnace. A furnace repair professional is needed to determine the cause of the odor and then make the needed repair.

Your Furnace’s Pilot Light is Not Blue

The pilot light in your gas furnace should be blue. If it is another color like yellow, there could be a ventilation issue with your furnace. This means that your furnace could have more carbon monoxide in it than it should. Too much carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues for you and your family. It can also make your furnace more combustible, so, it is not an issue to be ignored and will require an immediate repair.

It is Difficult to Start Your Furnace

If your furnace does not turn on as it should or turns itself off mid-cycle, it could be a sign that your thermostat is going bad. While that is not a serious problem, it could also be a sign that there is an electrical issue or that the furnace is shutting itself down as a safety measure. It is better to be safe than sorry. It is time to have your furnace looked at by a professional.

You Hear Loud or Persistent Noises

If you hear noises that deviate from those that your furnace would normally make, it is usually a sign that your furnace will need a repair. Banging, squealing, or whistling noises could be a sign of loose belts, fan issues, or broken parts that if ignored, could cause damage to additional components in your furnace.

Your Furnace is Not Providing Enough Heat

There are a few reasons why a furnace may not be providing enough heat to keep your home warm. It could be that your furnace is old and cannot keep up or you could have leaky ductwork. Regardless of the cause, this is something you do not need to deal with in the dead of winter. Before the problem progresses to a complete breakdown, you should schedule a furnace repair appointment with your contractor.

Trust the Professionals

It can be hard to figure out what repairs can wait and what needs to be fixed right away. When you have questions about furnace repair, your first call should be to A-1 Heating & Cooling. We have been providing top quality heating and air conditioning repairs to residents of the St. Albert area since 1979 and are ready to take your call 24 hours a day.

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