May 13, 2022
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Jet Plumbers

Only because Colorado doesn't get as cold as states further north does not mean that no one living here requires a furnace. Actually, 2019 brought record-breaking cold temperatures and snowy weather into the sunshine state. While we expect that trend doesn't last into 2020, we want to make certain you're ready if it does.

A good way to get ready for cold weather is to familiarize yourself with the way your house's furnace functions. The most important thing you should learn about your furnace (for quite obvious reasons!) Is the way to tell if there is something seriously wrong with it. We can assist with that. Here are the basic things each homeowner should know about furnace crises and how to spot them:

What is the distinction between regular maintenance and a furnace emergency?

Regular furnace maintenance contains the attempts that prevent disasters from happening in the first location. Examples of routine furnace maintenance you should finish frequently include:

  • Fixing and replacing filters.
  • Ensuring the thermostat is programmed or set correctly.
  • Maintaining the blower assembly clean.
  • Cleaning the ducts, vents, and fans.
  • Calling an expert to inspect it at least one time each year.

These are preventative steps you can take to help keep your furnace from facing a crisis. A furnace crisis is anytime your furnace is at immediate risk of a complete breakdown.

Which are the most critical indications of a furnace crisis?

If you're detecting one or more of these signs, it is a huge signifier that you are facing an imminent furnace emergency:

  • You smell petrol. This one is obvious, but it still bears mentioning. If you're smelling an odd odor, that means your system could have a gas flow. The moment you notice an odd smell, you have to act. Combustion gases in your house are a huge, imminent danger. When it comes to your furnace, then the cause of this leak might be a damaged flue or heat exchanger. Shut the whole system down if you become aware of a chemical smell and immediately call for professional help.
  • Your furnace has completely stopped working. If your furnace is not working, it's a crisis. Particularly during winter. Just as it is not working does not indicate that there still aren't things at play within the system that could cause further harm. Get it addressed as quickly as possible so these items aren't allowed to develop into further issues.
  • Your pilot light isn't blue. Pilot lights will need to be blue. If you have a look at yours and see it's yellow, that means something has gone wrong during the process of combustion.
  • You're hearing bizarre, loud banging sounds. Loud banging sounds are typically a sign of something within the furnace being loose, damaged, or faulty. This is not always an emergency, but there is an opportunity it's. It is far better to have the noise diagnosed instead of avoided.

What should I do if I suspect I have a furnace crisis?

Call the professionals, right away. A crisis is known as an emergency for a reason. We understand the possible financial or time reduction which is included with emergency HVAC services could be daunting. That said: a significant problem left to develop further will almost always end up wasting more of your time and money. Additionally, it is potentially harmful. Furnaces that are not functioning correctly can create harmful levels of CO2 or, in the worst-case scenarios, cause electrical fires.

In Colorado, furnaces don't get as much heavy usage as in different areas of the country. That doesn't mean that they are not significant and desired, however. That's why the team at Jet Plumbers Arvada Co is always prepared and able to help you maintain the integrity of your HVAC system. Whether it's for an emergency or a regular furnace tune-up, we are only a call away here in Arvada.