With a little bit of time and know-how, DIY heater repairs can be a smart way to save money on heater repair services that could cost you hundreds of dollars. Why would we, a heating company, reveal that you can complete some heater repairs without calling us? Because when you find yourself in a situation where Eureka Springs expert heater repair is the only option, we want you to know that Island Airco is a company you can trust.
While DIY repairs can save you money, certain components of your heater can be dangerous to manipulate — and these cases are best left to the professionals. When it comes to the tips we give our customers, heater repair safety is a top priority, and we want to do everything in our power to make sure that our customers are equipped with the information they need so that there is never any doubt about when you should call heating professionals.
Which Heater Repairs Should Be Left To The Pros?
A solid rule of thumb when attempting DIY heater repairs is if you aren’t 100% positive about what you’re dealing with, it’s best to call a professional. Aside from the replacement of major components, there are only a few instances that need to be handled by a professional with the right skills and knowledge. You should consult a professional before dealing with any of the following repairs.
Cracked Heat Exchangers
The heat exchanger is the component of your furnace that is directly heated with natural gas via combustion. There are rare instances where these cracks can cause leaks and lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide — an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly if inhaled in large quantities. If you suspect you are dealing with a heat exchanger issue, we highly suggest you leave it to us.
The thermocouple is a device that actively monitors the status of your furnace’s pilot light. When working properly, the device prevents gas from building up in the combustion chamber without a pilot light to safely burn it off. Failing thermocouples can lead to delayed starts and even regular small-scale explosions inside your furnace caused by the pilot light sparking after a dangerous amount of gas has been allowed to accumulate.
Bad thermocouples can generally be diagnosed by the booming sound they cause from the sudden combustion of gas — and these issues are best left to the professionals.
Exhaust Flue Issues
The exhaust flue is an essential component of your furnace that acts as a chimney for the excess gases and exhaust fumes your furnace creates through combustion. When these become blocked or damaged, the gases and fumes they are supposed to lead away can be allowed to accumulate to dangerous levels.
Anything You Aren’t Sure About
Again, we must emphasize that if you aren’t positive about what you’re doing, it’s best to contact an Island Airco professional. Almost every heating system has aspects that can be dangerous if not handled with care. High voltage, dangerous gasses and high temperatures are just a few of the things homeowners need to be cautious of when attempting repairs — and we stress that our customers always lean toward caution and safety.
Heater Repair From People Who Care
These are the three main issues that should be left in the hands of professionals. The team here at Island Airco are eager and willing to extend their expertise to tackle the furnace issues that are a tab bit too dangerous for the average homeowner to attempt.
If you need anything HVAC related, don’t hesitate to call us today! We’ve been providing safe, reliable repairs for over two decades and are eager to include you in our tradition of stellar customer service and care.