No one wants to discover that they need heating repair in Scotch Plains NJ during a blizzard. If that happens, it’s reassuring to know that the guy who does routine maintenance will also come out in an emergency (or at least as soon as the roads are clear…). However, it’s much better to spot a potential problem and have it fixed before it’s 28 degrees out and the house is cooling off fast.
The Furnace is Running Almost All of the Time
Almost constant running could indicate a problem with the thermostat or the furnace. Check to make sure that the air filter isn’t clogged and that most of the room vents are open. If too many vents are closed, that can impact furnace function.
There is No Heat
It’s always best to schedule a furnace checkup before cold weather. When there’s no heat, check that the circuit breakers affecting the furnace are on and that any on/off switches are on. If all that checks out, a service call from an HVAC professional will be needed.
Unusual Smells or Sounds
*The first time that the furnace is turned on for the winter, there may be a musty odor. This usually dissipates, but if it continues, replace the air filter.
*If there is a burning smell while the furnace is running, shut it off and call a repairman.
*Banging or squealing sounds could indicate a problem with the blower motor. Loud grinding noises are a sign that immediate repair is needed.
*Danger: If you smell gas, leave the house immediately and call the gas company or the fire department.
The Carbon Monoxide Detector Sounds Off
Whenever there are any gas appliances, including a gas furnace, it is absolutely necessary to have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide cannot be smelled or tasted, but is lethally toxic. If the carbon monoxide detector goes off, shut off all gas appliances, open windows and doors and leave the home. Do not return until a professional HVAC technician or plumber has run tests and ensured that everything is venting properly.
The Utility Bill Skyrockets
A much higher than normal bill could be a sign of a furnace problem.
Since 1925, Reel-Strong Heating & Cooling has been providing dependable HVAC services, including heating repair in Scotch Plains NJ. Customer service is our top priority. Contact us today to schedule an oil delivery, routine checkups or an emergency repair.