If there is one component from a heating or cooling system that is kind of shrouded in mystery it would definitely have to be the furnace. Especially, since many people seem to believe that their AC system is just a big fan. That is neither here nor there though. If you are one of those people though, that doesn’t really feel comfortable trying your hand at your own furnace repairs go ahead and give us a call. We will be sure to come to your aid as soon as possible. These can be highly delicate and even potentially dangerous pieces of equipment.
Does My Home Have A Furnace?
These days not all homes actually have furnaces. Especially, in and around Southern California. Most of these furnaces were placed in gas-powered heating equipment. That is able to provide essentially a great amount of heat. Something that works great for your cabin out in Big Bear mountain, but was not really something that you were able to take full advantage of here. What then basically happened is that people started to gravitate more towards electric heaters. To make the long story short, if you have a home that was built more recently there is actually a chance that you don’t have a furnace per se!
Ways To Spot A Furnace Issue
It may be a good idea to keep an eye on your furnace. There are a couple of clear signs that you may have a bit of an issue. The obvious one is, if your heating system is not producing the right amount of heat at a particular intensity level or temperature, you probably have something there. Also, high gas or electricity bills during times where the furnace is up and running is something you are going to want to look into. A smell of gas near this equipment can also be a sign to look out for!
Is It Safe To Leave The Furnace On?
With newer equipment, you can leave the heat on and you don’t have to worry too much about anything. The systems are safer than they have ever been. With older equipment, it may be a good idea to not leave the heater on that long. If it has a time you can set that to ensure that it is going to shut down on its own after a while. Just leaving it on though, at a high-intensity level for a long time can turn into a dangerous situation.
Repair or Replacement
As with any piece of equipment, there is a time when the best thing that you are going to be able to do is just replace the whole thing. Older equipment can become potentially a fire hazard even. So, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that at certain points in time we may advise you to have the entire system replaced. Equipment, in general, is quite durable though. We are going to automatically suggest replacement when we are dealing with equipment that is decades old. Other than that, most issues can be repaired.