York Emergency Heater Repair
RiverView Mechanical is a locally owned and operated heating contractor with the expertise to handle any heating issue you have. And, when problems pop up after hours, you can count on our expert technicians to be there 24/7. Contact us today!
Common Heater Emergencies
Losing heat during a deep freeze can be an emergency, especially if you have vulnerable family members like young children or the elderly. And without heat, you can have issues like freezing pipes that can lead to bursts and flooding.
Here are the most common heating emergencies residents might experience in Southeast PA and when you should call for emergency repairs.
- Broken Thermostat: If your heater suddenly stops working, the first thing to check is the thermostat and make sure it has fresh batteries. If putting new batteries in doesn’t solve the problem, call an HVAC technician as soon as possible to determine if replacing the thermostat is warranted.
- Ignition Problems: If you have a gas furnace, you may experience heating failure if the igniter fails. The igniter is the component that starts the furnace when directed by the thermostat. Because the igniter is exposed to frequent temperature fluctuations and wear and tear, it is usually one of the first parts of the furnace to break.
- Electrical Issues: Both systems require electricity to function, whether you have a gas furnace or electric heater. It’s normal to smell burning odors when starting the system for the first time after sitting idle. However, if the burning odor persists, shut the power off at the breaker and call for help.
- Gas Leaks: Gas leaks aren’t common, but they’re not something you should ever ignore. If you smell gas in the house, get out and call for help immediately.
- Strange Noises: Many furnace issues can cause the system to emit strange noises, and it isn’t easy to pinpoint what’s going on without professional help. Mechanical noises like grinding or squealing often indicate problems with the motor, while clanging noises indicate problems with the air handler. Ignoring these noises puts you at greater risk of furnace failure, so call for help as soon as possible.
Whatever problem you’re having with your heater, the best advice is to call a certified technician instead of trying to diagnose and fix it yourself. It’s always quicker and safer to let a pro solve the problem.