Nobody wants to spend money on a service call only to realize that the problem was so simple, you could have solved it yourself. While most people take the DIY route when it comes to home repairs, it can be quite the dangerous route if you’re not a professional.
The furnace is one of the most expensive and complex systems in your house. That’s why it’s important to keep it well-maintained. If you’ve encountered any recurring problems with your furnace lately, then you might want to seek professional help.
Here are five sure signs you need to call in your local plumber, ASAP.
Strange and loud noises
A working furnace should not be emitting any clanging, banging, or generally loud noises of any sort. If you hear anything strange from your unit, it could be a sign that it’s not functioning the way it’s supposed and thus needs urgent repair.
Irregular height of the flame rows
Gas furnaces have rows of flames on the burner. For systems that are functioning perfectly, these rows are typically around the same height. Once they become irregular, it could be anything from dirt in the burner to a crack in the heat exchanger.
While many homeowners prefer to clean the burners themselves, this process can be dangerous for those who have no experience. The gas burner might be bent, damaged, or completely removed. One wrong move can cause potential gas buildup which, in turn, increases the risk of fire.
Unless you have enough experience with furnaces, have a professional clean your burner and assess the system.
Short cycling happens when the furnace only runs for a short span of time – typically just a handful of minutes – before stopping abruptly. Not only is it an inefficient way to provide heat for your home, but it can also cause a huge spike in your gas bill.
Heat exchanger issues or a broken thermostat are some of the most common reasons behind short cycling. By calling an experienced professional, you’ll be able to pinpoint and solve the exact problem right away.
When the combustion of the furnace is not complete, soot deposits build up. This tells you that the burners have to be repaired, or that there’s a crack in your heat exchanger. If you try to troubleshoot this one by yourself, you might actually do more harm than good. A furnace repair company can assist you with this problem – unless you have extensive knowledge of furnace components.
Tripped Circuit Breaker
Check your breaker box and look for a switch that’s in a different position than the others. This is the tripped breaker that might be causing your problem. If you have already pushed it to match the position of the rest but it keeps clicking out, you may want to call an electrician to check the issue.
If you think there is an issue on your furnace, don’t hesitate to call a Diamond Certified professional. They are trained to solve the problem and spot any underlying issue you might miss. They have the right equipment and knowledge for the job, and your safety at home is always their number one priority.