There are usually signs that indicate a problem with your furnace that are easy enough to recognize. If your furnace is on the fritz, chances are, you are well aware of it. However, there are some furnace problems that indicate a more serious issue that is happening. It is important you can differentiate between them so that you can call for help when you are dealing with a heating emergency. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about signs of furnace emergencies that you shouldn’t ignore.
Furnace Smells like Gas
Natural gas is actually an odorless gas that has been given an additive that gives it a sulfur type of smell. Most people can quickly recognize the smell of natural gas in their home. This is a serious issue that you shouldn’t take lightly. Natural gas is used in a furnace because it is highly flammable. A leak puts you and anyone else in the house at risk of harm. This is also a sign of a cracked heat exchanger which puts your home at risk of a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide can often be fatal because it is truly odorless and colorless. If you smell gas, you need to shut off the furnace and call for help immediately.
Loud Forced Air Furnace Noises
Your furnace makes noise when it runs, but you are more than likely used to the sounds it makes. If you all of a sudden notice that the sound of your furnace is different than what you’re used to hearing, you probably have a part that is loose or broken inside your furnace. If there is a part that is broken, it needs to be fixed as soon as possible or the problem with continue to get worse and could be serious.
Yellow Pilot Light Flame on Furnace
This is also a way to tell if the problem with your furnace is a dangerous one. The pilot light should always be blue. If you look at it and it is starting to look green or even yellow, you have a problem with carbon monoxide. Like mentioned above, this a deadly problem and should be fixed immediately.
Furnace Will Not Turn on
A good indication of a serious problem with your furnace is one that won’t turn on at all. Many people are hesitant to call this an emergency, but when you’re in the thick of winter and the temperature is dropping into the 30s at night, you need to have your house heated. Without heat, you could have issues with freezing pipes and more.
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If you have a serious problem with your furnace, you need someone you can call quick. The heating professionals at Hal Mechanical are always ready to help when we get your call. We will respond quickly to get your furnace back up and running as soon as possible. Don’t risk your furnace with DIY repairs. Call us today!