The Heating Repair Advantage
You might think that your heater is just fine, but have you checked on it lately? If your heater has been sitting idle for most of the year, it could be facing all kinds of problems when you need it this winter.
An older, poorly maintained furnace is much more likely to end up breaking down when compared to newer models, and even a new heater can face issues after it has been unused for the better part of a year.
The best way to protect your home from getting freezing cold from a heating breakdown is by undergoing yearly furnace tune- ups. A furnace tune-up will help your heating system by ensuring that everything is in working order and that it is ready to go when winter is set to start. This can have the benefit of significantly lowering your energy expenses and protecting your home from a variety of hazards as well.
When something does go wrong with your heater, it usually seems to happen during the worst possible times. A furnace is most likely to fail when it is put under a great deal of stress. This doesn’t mean that failure is likely, but that if there is a problem that goes unchecked, that it could often end up turning into unit failure with just the right application of stress.
Even if you do undergo general preventative maintenance, the possibility of needing repairs is not eliminated. However, if you exercise proper vigilance and monitor your heater’s health, you should be able to get repairs before a problem becomes too pronounced.
One of the most important factors to be attuned to is the amount of noise that your furnace produces. Furnaces are noisy by their very nature, but they should not produce groaning, clanging, or banging sounds. If you hear this kind of noise after your furnace starts up, contact a professional repair contractor like the HVAC experts at Rapid Response Plumbing, Heating & Air.
The Furnace Inspection
There are many things that need to be inspected on a furnace. One important item to inspect is the pilot light of the heater. As a homeowner, you should be aware of what color the flame is supposed to be. A yellow burner flame means that there is a high level of carbon monoxide, a toxic gas, in your system. To preserve the safety and health of your family, you will need to have your system repaired right away. Your furnace’s flame should always be a bright blue in color.
Another carbon monoxide warning sign is cracking of the furnace and ventilation system. Cracks can cause chemicals and gasses to leak out of your system which is definitely something you do not want. Since this poses a danger to the safety of your home, repairs need to be conducted immediately.
If you think there might be anything wrong with your heater, or your thermostat is behaving strangely, you should get the repair services provided by the professional team at Rapid Response Plumbing, Heating & Air. We are highly skilled at troubleshooting, so we’ll be able to find the problem and let you know what’s going on.
Heating Repairs or Replacement?
Repairs should always be the first option when your heating system fails unless it is not a good idea to continue repairing it as they will be a much cheaper alternative to whole system replacement. However, there does come a time when constant repairs will cost more than a replacement.
If your furnace is more than 20 years old, replacement might be the best option, but repairs are the most affordable choice for younger heating units. If you don’t have a heating contractor you trust to check your system out, we would be glad to offer you our honest advice. We know all there is to know about heating repairs in Glenwood and other areas of Minnesota. Just call to schedule an appointment so we can inspect your heater.
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