Scheduling a heating repair service is never fun, but it's even less so if it's an emergency. Some homeowners, however, struggle with knowing whether or not a certain situation is actually an "emergency" and, as such, are reluctant to call in the middle of the night to schedule a repair service. Below are some of the most common emergency heating repairs that HVAC contractors face on a regular basis, so if you see any of them happening in your home, don't hesitate to call and get it fixed. The problem may end up not being a big deal, but you could be saving yourselves hundreds or even thousands of dollars down the road by taking care of it before it becomes a major issue.
Furnace Won't Turn On
Since the primary function of your furnace is to heat up your home, if it's not working at all, that's an issue that needs fixing, especially if you have elderly people or babies in the home. Fortunately, the problem could be as simple as a flipped breaker switch or a thermostat that isn't turned on, so check either of those before you call an HVAC technician. If it's not those, it could be a problem with your furnace's energy connection, which should always be handled by a professional.
Furnace Making Weird Sounds
If working properly, the only sound you should ever hear from your furnace is the gentle clicking when the cycle begins and ends. If you hear a clanking or a scratching sound coming through your events though, that means a piece of metal has either broken off and is rattling around inside your air ducts or is scraping along the inside of the unit. Both of those have the potential to cause irreparable damage to your furnace, so shut it off and contact an emergency heating repair technician immediately.
Strong Burning Smell
The smell of smoke in your home, no matter how faint it may be, can only mean one thing: a fire. Most likely, it's already been contained and has gone out, which means you're only smelling the residue from an initial spark, but it still needs to be investigated immediately. It could be an exposed wire that is touching something nearby or an electrical line that has become disconnected. Either way, contact an emergency heating repair technician to get it looked at and make sure it's not a major issue.