Anytime you notice something strange happening with your heating system, you should probably call a professional to look at it. Better to be overly cautious than to have your heater suddenly break down on you. However, there are some conditions which need to be dealt with without delay. As soon as you notice these emergency conditions, you need to call a professional immediately. Let’s take a look at some of the times that you should call for emergency heating repair.
When your heater keeps rapidly turning itself on and off over a long period of time, that’s called “short cycling.” It is the result of the internal temperature of your heater getting too high. This activates a safety device installed on the heater, called a “limit switch,” to shut down the system to prevent damage from overheating. This is only a temporary measure, however. As soon as the system has cooled down a little, it will restart and overheat again, locking it into an endless start/stop cycle. This kind of behavior can seriously damage the heater, by putting it under increased strain and subjecting it to a heating cycle much shorter than that for which it was designed. This increases the likelihood of breakdowns and other problems that could otherwise be avoided. If you notice that your heater is short cycling, turn it off right away and call a professional to look at it.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by combustion systems that burn natural gas, the most common kind of home heating fuel. While all systems that produce carbon monoxide as a byproduct are designed to dispose of it safely, there is still a slight risk that it could be vented into the house by a malfunction.
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, which is part of what makes it so dangerous. The only way to detect it is to use a carbon monoxide detector (which we highly recommend) or to begin experiencing the symptoms. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. Too much exposure to carbon monoxide gas is invariably deadly, so if you experience a sudden onset of these symptoms while your heater is running, get out of the house! Once you’re safely outside, call emergency services and then call a professional. Your heating system almost certainly needs to be repaired or replaced.
If you think you may need emergency heating repair, call FB Electrical Services. We provide emergency heating repair throughout the Boston area.