Repairing your home appliances is a great way to save some cash, not to mention the satisfaction that comes with taking a faulty machine and making it work properly again. Therefore, if you experience problems with your gas furnace, fixing it yourself is the best choice… or is it?
Well, while most gas furnace problems are slight and can be easily fixed by the homeowner, it is important for those who are not experienced with gas furnaces to leave even minimal repair work to experienced HVAC specialists, especially considering the danger of creating a gas leak.
Three Signs that your gas furnace needs repair
Gas furnaces are made up of a number of components such as the burner, heat exchanger, ductwork, and ventilation pipes or flue. Over time, these components break down and cause your furnace to lose their efficiency or stop working altogether. Fixing anything wrong with your gas furnace before the winter season begins is paramount to having a steady heat supply when you need it.
But when do you know that your gas furnace components have broken down and need repair?
Below, we have listed three of the most common telltale signs of gas furnaces that are in need of repair, as well as the best possible fixes for those problems. (In some cases, you might even be able to do the basic fixes yourself and save your money on calling in a professional!)
1. The furnace doesn’t produce any heat.
If your gas furnace does not produce any heat, the problem likely lies within the thermostat, pilot light, fuse or circuit breaker, or control valve. Before you bring in a HVAC repair professional to fix your gas furnace that produces no heat, make sure that your thermostat is not set so low that it is not signaling the furnace to produce heat. Also, be sure to check if the pilot light is working; you can tell if a pilot light is on by kneeling to the floor and looking at the underside of the furnace, where you will see a small blue flame emanating from a small pipe if the pilot light is running. If the thermostat is set right and the pilot light is on, check to see if the fuse is blown or the circuit is tripped. Next, ensure that the gas valve is open.
While you could fix a faulty thermostat, a non-working pilot light, a blown fuse or tripped circuit and a closed control, it is best to call an experienced HVAC repair technician if you are not experienced with gas furnaces. Professionals can easily fix the problem on the same day, and none of the above issues will result in expensive repairs either.
2. The furnace repeatedly turns on and off.
If your gas furnace keeps turning on and off repeatedly before producing the desired level of heat, the reason could be as simple as a dirty air filter. Dirty air filters can reduce your furnace’s airflow, resulting in untimely and abrupt shutdowns. This is a problem that you can fix on your own: just replace your old, dirty air filter with a new one.
However, the problem could also be a clogged blower or an overly dry motor – both of which require professional assistance. You must bring in a Corsicana HVAC repair professional to clean out your blower and its surrounding area using a vacuum or lubricate the motor by placing oil in the necessary oil ports, neither of which should set you back much.
3. The blower never shuts off.
If your blower fails to shut off, you may not have a problem receiving heat, but you will certainly be paying a significantly higher electricity bill until you have it fixed. A furnace blower that never shuts off does not really necessitate a repair; it simply requires turning the thermostat blower setting “on” or switching it to “auto.” However, when the thermostat blower setting is not the cause of the problem, it may be time for a fan limit control switch repair.
Keep in mind: Failure to notice the first signs of a furnace problem can be disastrous and may result in irreversible damage to your gas furnace. This can cost you a significant amount of money if you have to replace the whole system. The faster you repair the damaged part of the furnace, the faster you stop further damage to the system. Procrastination, when it comes to furnace repair, is very bad. You need professional furnace repair services as soon as you notice any of the above-mentioned problems with your furnace.
Service your gas furnace regularly.
Servicing your gas furnace on a regular basis the best thing you can do to avoid having a breakdown in the first place. A gas furnace that is serviced regularly functions more optimally and lasts a long time. Again, preventative maintenance is something you cannot do on your own; you need some professional assistance. Professionals have the experience, skills, and tools to get the job done right.
Is Your Gas Furnace In Need Of A Professional Service?
If your natural gas furnace is malfunctioning, there are some steps that you can take on your own to fix the problem. But when they fail to offer a solution, calling a reputable heating and cooling company is the safest choice. If you live in Corsicana, Texas, contacting Area Wide Services, Inc. is the smart thing to do.
We will send out an expert to inspect your gas furnace to determine and advise whether or not repairs are necessary. We will ensure that your furnace performs optimally and that it will continue to perform optimally in the distant future.
Give us a call at (903) 874-5298 to speak with an HVAC pro today!