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How to Identify the Severity of a Furnace Issue

Properly installed and regularly maintained furnaces by an HVAC professional generally operate without incident.  However, there are times when your furnace may break down unexpectedly. Understanding the difference between a regular furnace repair and an emergency furnace repair is important. It can make all the difference in knowing when your furnace may need immediate attention by an HVAC contractor. Some issues are more threatening than others and require an expert while others are minor and can wait. A furnace breakdown is sometimes inevitable, below we discuss what symptoms are a sign of a furnace emergency.

Electrical Issues

Your furnace and HVAC system rely on electricity to function.  Any electrical issues can be a serious and dangerous problem and should be addressed by a professional right away. Do not attempt any DIY repairs if you are not qualified to do so.

Rapid Cycling

Rapid cycling is when your furnace turns on and off quickly. Frequent cycling is usually a sign that it is working harder than normal and is not able to keep the right temperature. One common reason for this is a dirty air filter. If a new filter does not solve the issue, there may be an issue with the blower motor or the belts. In this case, your furnace would require professional service.

Unusual Furnace Sounds

It is normal to hear your furnace kick on and off and some furnaces may just run louder than others normally and there is no issue with the noise. However, if the noise is strange and unusual or you hear loud banging, rattling, popping, or grinding sounds it could be a sign you need furnace repair. While it may not be an immediate emergency per se, you should schedule a furnace inspection to help prevent further damage and a costly repair.

Strange Odor

Dirty furnaces can sometimes give off a strange odor that may smell like something is burning. If after cleaning, the odor continues when in use, it would be best to contact a professional for further investigation. One odor that is a sign of an emergency is if you smell rotten eggs/sulfur. You should evacuate your home immediately and remain outdoors until emergency service arrives. The smell of rotten eggs is a sign of a gas leak. It is due to the addition of mercaptan in natural gas to make the leak detectable.

Pilot Flame is Not Blue

If the pilot flame is more of a yellowish color it could signal an issue with the combustion and excess carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer and is difficult to detect. Natural gas consists of methane and when burning it gives off the blue color. Therefore if the flame is anything other than blue contact a professional.

No Heat

If your furnace suddenly stops working it may not be a sign of an immediate emergency.  A few things to check before you call for furnace repair would be the filter, thermostat, and circuit breaker. While in some cases it may be a quick repair others may be a more severe repair. Dirty burners or any type of buildup on furnace components may lead to furnace malfunction. These types of issues should be handled by a licensed professional.

Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air

A properly working furnace is essential for the comfort of your home. It is always recommended that you schedule routine furnace maintenance and keep your filters clean in between visits to ensure the comfort and safety of your family.  If you notice any out of ordinary symptoms and are unsure if it is a furnace emergency, give us a call at 818-341-3406 or contact us online.

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