You’re probably looking forward to shutting off your furnace for a long stretch: not because you dislike your furnace, but because it means spring has finally blossomed and summer is right around the corner. However, before your furnace goes into semi-hibernation (you may still need it for a few days in case of surprise weather), check to see that you have no lingering repair issues, major or minor. Not only do you need the furnace ready for a surprise cold day, but repair issues left without professional attention can further deteriorate during the off-season, and you’ll have an inefficient furnace waiting for you in the fall.
Here are some serious furnace repairs that you need to have fixed when spring arrives. Call JW Heating & Air this season for the furnace repairs in Los Angeles, CA that will keep you heating system ready and able to warm your home whenever you need it.
Watch for these furnace repair issues
- Cracked heat exchanger: This is one of the more urgent repairs for a gas-powered furnace. The heat exchanger, a metal chamber that transfers heat from combustion gas to the air, can develop corrosion that leads to cracks, and in turn this leads to carbon monoxide leaks. To avoid this potentially hazardous situation, you can call a heating contractor to replace the exchanger. If you spot any corrosion on your furnace, or you hear an odd clicking noise after the blower motor comes on, don’t hesitate: shut off the gas to the furnace and call an HVAC contractor.
- Intermittent burner: If dirt develops along the burner, the gas jets will have difficulty igniting and soon won’t be capable of turning on at all—and that means no heat, although the air handler will continue to circulate air. You should not attempt to clean off the burner on your own, since it needs to be detached for proper cleaning, and anything connected to a gas line should only have professionals working on it.
- Burned-out blower motor: You can end up with heat but no air circulation if the motor that powers the blower burns out. After a period of extended use, a furnace can develop dust and dirt inside its cabinet, and grime of any sort across a motor and its bearings will lead to it rapidly wearing down and burning out. If you hear shrieking sounds from the furnace cabinet or detect an acrid, burning odor wafting from the vents, it’s likely a motor somewhere in the furnace is failing and needs replacement as soon as possible.
We must emphasize how important it is that you leave repairs on gas furnaces (as well as electric furnaces) to trained technicians. The potential hazards from leaking carbon monoxide are too great for you to risk. Call JW Heating & Air, and our NATE-certified HVAC technicians will quickly and safely bring you the furnace repairs in Los Angeles, CA you need for peace of mind for next winter.