Fall is here, and winter will be right on its heels. It won’t be long before San Francisco Bay Area residents are turning on their furnaces to warm up those chilly mornings! As Bay Area furnace care experts, we want to help you recognize the signs that could indicate a problem with your heating system. Some issues are easy enough to take care of yourself, while others require the expertise of a professional HVAC contractor.
We urge you not to ignore anything unusual, as some issues could damage your system, or even put your family at risk. Here are some warning signs you should pay attention to.
Gas odors or strange noises when your furnace is turned on. If you smell gas, you know to turn off the furnace and call your heating contractor. However, many Bay Area homeowners tend to ignore creaking or rattling noises, attributing these sounds to age. These types of noises could actually indicate a serious problem, so shut the system off immediately and call us.
Check your furnace’s burner on a regular basis. The flame should be blue in color. If the flame is orange or yellow, it could indicate a dangerous mix of oxygen and gas, or a clogged/dirty burner. A yellow to orange colored flame could transform into a gas leak, a potentially dangerous situation.
There are some problems that aren’t serious, such as a thermostat that isn’t functioning properly or obstructed airflow. To be on the safe side, have your furnace inspected by a professional HVAC contractor on an annual basis, and call for service when you experience strange noises or issues you can’t put your finger on. Better to be safe than sorry!
Need your furnace inspected before winter arrives, or need a new heating system? At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we take your comfort and your family’s safety seriously. Call us today for the best products, service, and price.