Your furnace is what keeps your family comfortable and warm during a Greer, SC, winter. As you start using your furnace more often to counteract the chilly temperatures, furnace malfunctions might cause a glitch in your comfort. When you notice a problem, immediately call us for expert heating repairs because some furnace malfunctions can be dangerous to your family’s health.
Carbon Monoxide: The Unseen Danger
Carbon monoxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that’s a byproduct of burning natural fuels. Symptoms of CO2 include headaches, nausea, weakness, and dizziness. Furnace malfunctions such as a cracked heat exchanger, insufficient airflow, inadequate venting, and clogged filters can cause CO2 buildup. Because prolonged exposure can be fatal, it’s essential that you have an annual furnace inspection.
Burning Smells: Harmless or Hazardous?
As it sits idle during the summer, your furnace collects dust. The first time you turn it on in the fall, your furnace burns off this accumulated dust. A burning smell that lasts more than a few hours, however, is cause for concern. Frayed wiring, a bad circuit board, or an overheated motor are among the furnace malfunctions that can lead to an electrical house fire.
Delayed Ignition: An Explosive Problem
As they age, furnaces begin making strange noises. A banging noise several feet away from your furnace when it kicks on might be expanding or contracting ductwork caused by unbalanced air pressure. A banging noise close to your furnace is probably an ignition problem. Delayed ignition causes gases to accumulate in your furnace as you repeatedly try and start it. When it finally ignites, you have a mini-explosion that can harm your heat system and potentially injure your family.
Regular maintenance for your heating system can avert many of these furnace malfunctions, but if you’re experiencing any of these problems, give us a call at (864) 991-3167. You’ll always get expert heating repairs from George M. Hill & Sons, Inc.