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The Dos and Don’ts of Furnace Repair

Many people aren’t interested in multi-page explanations and complex manuals that describe why your heater does what it does. Sure, we can give anyone a full explanation, but that doesn’t do much in terms of actually fixing the problem or making you more comfortable.

For many customers, they just want a breakdown of what to do and what not to do. If there’s a strange noise or some kind of malfunction with the unit, what should you do? This is a tougher question than it might seem, and we’re here to answer it for anyone that might want simple, succinct tips.

So, let’s get right into the dos and don’ts of furnace repair in Plymouth, IN. We’ll discuss a few things that you should do when you encounter a problem, and a few things that you should never do (under any circumstance) as well. Then, you can always defer to our expert opinion when you feel conflicted or like you need some extra help.

DO Change the Air Filter Regularly

The air filter is a component in your heating system that you depend on regularly. If it gets clogged up or broken, then it can lead to inefficiency and an overheated or ineffective heating system that starts running up the bill.

Luckily, the air filter is one of the only components in your heating system that we recommend homeowners attend to themselves. It’s located outside of the heating system itself and in the return air ducts, which means you don’t need to risk hurting any of the more sensitive components of your heater.

Once your air filter is replaced, try turning on the heater again and see if there are any improvements.

DON’T Try to Open the System Up

Even if it seems like the problem is simple from a quick online search or DIY video, opening up your heating system to try and fix it might be a can of worms that’s best left for a professional.

Right out of the gate, if your heating system is covered by a warranty, then you could end up voiding it by trying to make repairs yourself. Furnaces and other heating systems are complex machines that should only really be fixed by a licensed pro.

DO Take Note of Strange Sounds and Smells

If your heating system is starting to make strange sounds or give off foul odors, we advise you to write them down or keep track of them at least.

This will be important information for you to convey to a professional when you call for repairs, and it could stop a potential gas leak or fire hazard!

DON’T Try to Fix or Maintain Gas Lines Yourself

You could be endangering your family if your heating system runs on natural gas, since those gas lines should only be worked on by a professional with the right training and expertise.

There are multiple legal issues that come with trying to fix or replace a municipal gas line without the proper authority or training, so we’d advise all of our customers to steer clear of this kind of work.

When in doubt, just contact Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning. Colliers—A company you’ve grown to trust.

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