Furnaces require more attention than many homeowners believe. This isn’t just because they’re important heat producers for you and your family, although that’s a good reason in and of itself. It’s because a furnace in disrepair can often be a safety hazard since many of them consume natural gas and produce hazardous fumes that are harmful to breathe in.
While we know that furnaces aren’t used as much here as they are up north, that doesn’t negate the fact that they can be a health hazard when left in disrepair. If any of the signs we mention below sound familiar, make sure to contact our team for furnace repair in Sarasota, FL. We’re on a mission to make sure that every home in Sarasota and Manatee County are safe and secure from any problems that could arise from a gas furnace.
“Imminent” Means Urgent
Since furnaces are constantly burning fuel to produce heat for your home during those chilly, rainy days, urgent problems mean that they need to be addressed quickly. Gas leaks and problems with carbon monoxide are nothing to scoff at!
- Dust. Aging furnaces get dusty. However, if you notice that there’s a lot of dust in your air, there could be plenty of dust in your furnace as well. Clean out the air filter and talk to a professional if you notice a large amount of dust in your air, it could be stifling you and your family as well as your furnace!
- Age. Age is just a number right? Well, it might be the easiest way to tell if your system is starting to have issues. While not an urgent problem, a 20-year-old furnace could end up becoming a safety hazard if it hasn’t been maintained properly. Stay vigilant and get a check-up.
- Yellow Pilot Light. The pilot light in your gas furnace is supposed to be blue and unwavering. If it’s either flickering or showing up as a yellow flame, turn off the gas and contact a professional immediately. This is a bad sign that carbon monoxide is leaking from your heat exchanger. Carbon monoxide can be incredibly dangerous for you and your family.
- Strange Noises. Noises are never good when it comes to your furnace. Other than the slight hum of your system burning fuel and the woosh of air coming from the vents, any other sound could point to some problem that needs to be addressed. Banging, clanging, rumbling, or booming each signifies different problems—all of them point to issues that need to be addressed.
What to Do?
These problems might just mean that there’s a minor problem with your furnace, or that there is a catastrophic issue giving way to a health hazard for your home. The problem is that you never want to gamble on a potential safety issue since so much is at stake.
Whether or not you know how serious the problem is, it’s never a bad idea to contact a professional and get to the bottom of it. Our team has the expertise and the right equipment to keep your home safe and warm at an affordable cost.
Give Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. a call today. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.