Watch for Signs You Need Furnace Repair

HVAC-repair-servicesHere in the Los Angeles, CA area, we don’t pay a huge amount of attention to our furnaces: not at the same level as we do our air conditioners at least. Winters are mild and gentle, and even now, we might just as well cool the air in our homes as warm them. But we still need our furnaces to keep us warm on cold days, and if you need furnace repairs conducted, you need to get it attended to immediately. 

Unfortunately, unless the furnace flat-out breaks down, it can be tough to know exactly when something is wrong. That is, unless you can spot the signs of a problem early on and call in a repair service. You should never attempt to diagnose any problem with your furnace, let alone attempt repairs. Doing so requires formal training and licensing, since heaters contain potentially dangerous components like gas lines. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t spot the signs that something is wrong and call in a repair service.

What are those signs, specifically? They vary from system to system, but generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match what you understand to be your heater’s normal ability to function. Anytime you notice those changes, no matter how minor, you should shut off the system and call a professional. Many symptoms recur across multiple problems, and if you know what to look for, you can likely spot them without too much trouble. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strange Noises

At the top of the list of things to watch for is any odd noise coming from your heater. This is actually fairly easy to accomplish, since your ears have likely been unconsciously trained to recognize the sounds your heater makes when it turns on. Unusual sounds can include anything from groans to hums to whistles to clangs. They are often located in the system itself, though they can also arise in the ducts, and the ducts can also carry echoes of the sound that may prove confounding if you aren’t careful. In most cases, these sounds will start and stop with the starting and the stopping of the heater itself.

The Air Up There

Most heaters in Southern California ar forced-air furnaces that blow heated air through the ducts. But when a problem arises, that air can be affected. In some cases, it’s not as hot as it should be (such as when a burner becomes clogged, for example), or it may be that the flow of air is slower than you’d expect (such as when the fan motor is experiencing problems.) Regardless, the issue will force the heating system to work harder than it should, raising both your monthly bills and the strain on the system’s other components. In some cases, it will also leave hot air trapped in your system, which can cause a number of serious problems if you don’t attend to the matter.

For quality heating repair services in the Los Angeles, CA area, call Circulating Air today!

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