Signs You Need Emergency Heating Repair

Nobody wants their furnace to fail in the middle of a cold January night, but unfortunately, there will always be heating emergencies. Obviously, you’ll need to call an emergency heating repair company like Peninsula if your heat refuses to kick on at all. But beyond simply not working at all, there are also other times when an emergency heating repair is in order. To learn more about signs that your furnace is malfunctioning (or to schedule a regular, non-emergency furnace repair appointment), contact us online.

If your furnace is in need of emergency repair, call Peninsula for 24-hour furnace services at 302-262-8254 right away!

Warning Signs From Your Furnace

These are a few signs you should be on the lookout for to determine whether your furnace is in need of immediate repair.

The flame in your furnace is yellow.

The flame in your furnace’s burner should always be blue. If you’re seeing yellow, that means the gas is not burning nearly hot enough. Not only will this lead to a cold home, but it also often indicates a carbon monoxide leak. Call for emergency heat repairs immediately, and find somewhere else to stay until your HVAC technician has determined that it is safe for you to be in the home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to headaches, nausea, and even death; you don’t want to mess around with this!

The fan won’t turn off.

Check to make sure that your thermostat’s fan setting is set to “auto” and not “on.” If it’s set to auto but the fan keeps running, even though the temperature on the thermostat has been reached, then there’s some sort of failure in the connection between your furnace and the thermostat. This could be anything from an electrical issue to a mechanical failure in your blower, so call for repairs promptly.

Your carbon monoxide detector is going off.

Hopefully you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If it’s ringing, you may have an issue with your furnace’s ventilation system or with the burner. Give Peninsula a call, and make plans to stay at a friend’s house in the meantime. We offer emergency heating services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so even if it’s 2 am on a holiday, we’ll pick up the phone and send out a knowledgeable technician.

There’s steam in your basement or puddles around the boiler.

If you have a boiler system and your basement is filling with steam, then you may have an issue with a valve or your boiler may have sprung a leak. The same may be true if water is pooling around your boiler. If you continue to run the heating system, you’ll just cause more water damage, so turn the heat off and call for emergency repairs.

The air coming out of your ducts is not warm.

If the air coming out of your ducts never seems to heat up, then you may have an issue with your furnace’s pilot or burner. These issues do not fix themselves no matter how many times you turn the thermostat on, off, up, or down. Luckily, most pilot and burner issues are quite simple for your emergency repair team to fix.

You smell burning or the odor of rotten eggs.

You should never smell anything burning when your furnace or boiler is operating. A burning smell might indicate an oil leak. Turn your system off, turn off the oil supply switch, and call for repairs. If you have a natural gas heating system, the smell of rotten eggs is indicative of a gas leak. Gas leaks can lead to explosions, so leave your home immediately and make two calls: one to your gas company, and another to Peninsula.

Call Peninsula for 24-Hour Heating Repair in Maryland & Delaware

If your heating system fails, call Peninsula right away at 302-262-8254! Our emergency repair services are available at any time, day or night, and it is our goal to have your home warm and comfortable again as soon as possible.


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