When To Call a Furnace Professional

The only way to know that your furnace is working properly is if it is installed and inspected by an HVAC professional. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t try to determine what the problem is with your furnace before calling in the professional troops. The temperature will shift starting in Septemeber, and it’s time to start thinking about the well-being of your heating system. If you live in Greenfield, Indianapolis, Greenwood, Carmel, or near these areas, we would be happy to be your expert Indianapolis furnace partner. Here are the things that go wrong that will require you to give us a call.

It Appears You have an Electrical Issue – Most furnaces run off your electrical grid, and you rely on it to keep your furnace running smoothly. Electrical work is dangerous, and you shouldn’t attempt to solve these types of problems if you’re unfamiliar with how electricity works. The electrical Safety Foundation estimates over 43,700 home fires were started last year due to electrical malfunctions. Here are a few electrical issue “red flags:” 

  • Your lights flicker when your system kicks on
  • The furnace makes unusually loud noises
  • Listen for rattling, popping, or squealing noises

The HVAC System is Cycling Too Fast – Be aware if the systems are turning on and off faster than usual. This can be due to a simple issue like a dirty filter, but more serious can be that you may have a motor wearing out. There could also be something that is going on with a belt. Most of these situations will need the attention of a professional. We always say to ver on the side of safety if it’s unclear. 

There is a Bad Odor Emitted When Your System Turns On – This one can be scary. If you’re unsure what the smell is, we suggest leaving your home with your family and pets quickly and calling the fire department. Don’t turn lights on or off when leaving, just move quickly and get everyone to a safe place. The gas itself is undetectable as an odor, so what you’ll smell is what is mixed with the gas that resembles rotten eggs. 

If you can open doors and windows before leaving, that may help. Also, don’t use the phone while in the home; wait to call for help when you’re safely outside. 

The Furnace is Blowing Cold Air – You can first start with seeing if any debris is in the way of your blower. If that is clear, you’ll want to examine the furnace lights. 

  • Green = Okay
  • Red = Needs Service
  • No Light = Check Thermostat or Call for Service

Furnace Flame Isn’t Blue – The blue flame is called your pilot light, the more yellow that flame becomes is likely due to a combustion problem. This leads to excessive carbon monoxide and can be very dangerous. Many professionals call this a ‘silent killer’ since you cannot smell it or detect it unless you have a carbon monoxide detector properly working. This entire situation is usually best handled by a professional to track down the problem, so you and your family aren’t at risk. 

Furnace Shuts Down Suddenly – This can happen from time to time, and it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an emergency. If this happens, you can first try these things: 

  • Check the air filter to ensure it’s clean and free of dust or debris build-up.
  • Examine your thermostat to see if it’s been switched off or the batteries have tripped it. 
  • Check your circuit breaker for an electrical complication. 

Regular Furnace Maintenance is a Must

Your HVAC systems are among the most important and expensive investments made in your home. The best way to deal with problems with them is to prevent them from happening. We suggest a maintenance plan to our customers and get you on a regular rotation, so your system never misses a beat. This will not only keep you and your family safe; it could potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future. If we can help, All Pro Heating and Air would love to be your service provider. Call us today, and we will be happy to take care of you.