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Is Your Heater Operating Safely?

Think about that question very carefully. If you’re one of the many homeowners in our area that has a gas-powered heating system, then the way it works is going to be fundamental to how safe you feel. A bumping, banging, ancient heating system is going to feel a lot less safe than one that’s been maintained and works as it should. We want your heater to be in the latter category.

So, how can we help you with furnace repair in Alameda, CA? Well, how can you help yourself by calling us when you need our help? That’s a question we seek to answer in this blog post.

Let’s analyze how safely your heating system is running. We’ll go through all of the common problems we run into, why they can be a hindrance to your safety, and what our team can do to help.

Common Repairs and What They Mean

Since this blog post is about safety, we want to talk about some of the common repairs our team runs into. Some of these are just problems that, while they need to be fixed, don’t actually impact your safety very much. Others can signify that there’s a gas or carbon monoxide leak which is absolutely critical to have addressed quickly.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

This is the big one. The heat exchanger is the piece of equipment that is in charge of exchanging heat from the combustion chamber of your furnace to the air you will end up breathing. If there’s a crack in the heat exchanger, all the gas, exhaust, and carbon monoxide that is supposed to be vented out of your home could enter the air that goes into your rooms instead. Basically, if you suspect you’ve got a cracked heat exchanger, either by noticing strange smells in your home or physical discomfort due to carbon monoxide inhalation, then get this addressed immediately.

Clogged Air Filters

If your heater’s air filter gets clogged, it could start to overheat. This is because the system is struggling to receive intake air, and it will start burning more fuel and running inefficiently. You’re going to want to change your air filter every 1-3 months, otherwise, you’ll probably be calling our team pretty frequently for help.

Pilot Light Problems

When you turn your furnace on, is there a booming noise that signals a small explosion? Or perhaps your pilot light flickers a strange color? Both of these are pilot light problems and need to be fixed by a professional. When your furnace booms, this is usually a sign that there are grime and soot built up on the ignition system and you could be witnessing small explosions instead of a comfortable ignition. Different colored pilot lights also signal that there’s carbon monoxide in your combustion chamber, which is never a good sign!

Contact the Pros

Don’t hesitate when you encounter one of these issues. While some problems might seem mundane, like an overly clogged air filter that’s just causing trouble, they can all eventually become safety problems. Neglect leads to problems and those problems can impact your home’s health and safety, so be sure to call us when you need help.

Call Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. to address these important problems today.

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