If you have a furnace that is decades old but still working, and you haven't had it tuned up or inspected ever, call an HVAC services company in your area. The unit needs to be inspected for your own safety right away.
Safety isn't the only concern, and tuning the unit up could also help with improving the efficiency of the unit. Talk with the heating company about these concerns, and they will give you a full report once the inspection is over.
Gas Pipes Corrode
Over time pipes can corrode and get damaged. Moisture in the basement or from the outside of the home can damage the gas lines inside and outside of the property. A gas leak is a very dangerous thing, and even a slight leak could put the entire house and neighborhood at risk.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a concern with older units because overexposure can be fatal. The furnace expert will test for this. If you haven't had a tune-up in a while, you want to have the gas lines going to the furnace inspected and tested for leaks or broken seals.
A Dirty Furnace is a Fire Hazard
A collection of dust, lint, debris, and other items stuck in the furnace filter or even inside the chambers of the furnace are fire hazards. You don't want the furnace to get overheated, combust, or catch fire.
Have the filter replaced at the time of the tune-up. Replacing it again throughout the winter is something you can do. All of the other dust and debris will be cleaned out during the tune-up.
Old wiring should be a concern of yours, especially if the furnace is over 20 years old. The unit's electrical and mechanical components will be tested and inspected. You don't want to have an electrical fire near the pilot in your furnace, which would cause an explosion.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a furnace, but you can't see the problems because they are internal, or may not directly affect the unit's ability to heat the house right away. If your furnace is over 20 years old and it has never been worked on by a furnace professional, or it has never had a tune-up or been looked at in many years, you want to call the professionals for help. Talk with an HVAC company and schedule an appointment to be safe.
My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.