If you don’t live in a major population area such as Santa Rosa or Napa, for example, you might have concerns about getting help for emergency repairs. When something goes wrong with your house or your place of business you either have to fix it or, quite often, you have to call someone.
We’ve probably all had the distressing experience of calling a plumber or our Internet provider only to be told that it will take at least a day or more for someone to get out to us. And the farther away from the big towns you live, the worse it seems to be!
A slow leak from the kitchen faucet or intermittent Internet connectivity is annoying. But to have your home or business heating system go down can be disastrous or, at the very least, highly uncomfortable. With winter temperatures dropping into the 20s on some nights, no one wants to wait for an emergency furnace repair.
What To Do When the Heat Dies
No matter how well you take care of your HVAC system, a faulty or damaged heating system can have a major impact on the quality of your life and comfort at home, or on the productivity of your business. No one wants to spend days in a cold house or office – and certainly not a freezing one! – waiting for a repair person to show up.
While most folks are happy to let the experts comes and take care of the problem, there are some who feel they are handy enough to diagnose and fix their furnace themselves. However, if you attempt an emergency furnace repair yourself just so you can save some time and money, you definitely run the risk of making the problem worse or even putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
For example, if there’s a gas leak, you shouldn’t be anywhere near your furnace. This is because furnaces that use natural gas produce carbon monoxide, which can be harmful to your health and can even be deadly in some situations. Although furnaces have shutoff controls that are designed to minimize the risk of leaks, these can be faulty. Consequently, you should never assume your furnace will automatically shut off the gas in the event of a leak.
In fact, because of the very real possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, it is legally required in most Californian jurisdictions to call a qualified HVAC engineer for furnace repairs. Not only that, attempting to work with your system unlawfully could void your warranty.
Some Common Furnace Issues
There are probably dozens of smaller things that can inhibit or reduce the effectiveness of your heating system such as dirty or clogged filters or incorrect thermostat settings. In addition, any furnace is subject to normal wear and tear over time, or a lack of proper maintenance. But there are also some common issues that can cause your furnace to become highly inefficient or to fail completely. These include:
- faulty ignition or pilot light that makes it difficult to keep your home or business heated. This can be caused by excessive drafts, clogged spaces, or even thermocouple problems that can result in an unlit pilot light.
- A faulty thermostat causing problems with the fan or make it difficult to maintain comfort levels.
- A furnace that doesn’t heat at all due to an issue with the power, gas or the pilot light.
Keep in mind that while you might hear and feel the warm air moving through your system and into your space, there are several mechanical and electrical components hard at work to make that happen. And, unfortunately, any one of these parts can fail or falter over time resulting in insufficient or no heat.
We Take Care of Emergency Furnace Repairs
There is good news, however, when it comes to emergency furnace repair, Healdsburg and many other locations in Sonoma County and Napa Valley are covered.
The staff at Valley Comfort Heating and Air is always ready to respond to your emergency repair needs, no matter when they come up or what the problems are.
In fact, our emergency service will take your call anytime, day or night. You can be assured that our factory trained technicians have the expertise to repair your HVAC equipment not matter what the make or model. And, after we’ve taken care of your emergency furnace repair, if you’re interested in learning about the best way to keep your heating system running in the future, we will provide you with the information you need to help you maintain your current installation. In addition, we can offer free estimates on replacement equipment, if needed.
At Valley Comfort Heating and Air, we are dedicated to helping you live comfortably by keeping your heating system in good hands. Give us a call at 707-623-1417 for Sonoma County or 707-927-1678 for Napa Valley residents about how we can help your home or business