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When Do I Call For Heating Repair?

Rinker Oil and Propane is here to help!

heating professional new york With the recent costs of the holidays, along with upcoming tuition payments and tax bills, you may be worried about spending money on anything else.

Don’t let that worry get in the way of contacting Rinker Oil and Propane for heating repair services. Often, the problem isn’t as bad as you feared and can be solved quickly. Leaving the problem unattended, meanwhile, allows the problem to get worse and potentially lead to your boiler or furnace breaking down and even larger bills.

A Rinker Oil and Propane service plan is designed to help protect you from big heating repair bills. First, you get annual heating maintenance each year that keeps your heating system running at peak efficiency and allows our service technicians to detect and fix problems before they get worse. And, when you do need a service call, many parts and labor costs are covered so your repair costs aren’t as high as without a service plan.

Let’s run down some things that may require a service call.

Strange noises

Banging or booming. Hearing a banging or booming sound while your furnace is operating may not be a problem. It happens sometimes because of ductwork expanding and contracting. However, A potential danger to your home and family exists if you only hear a boom or bang when your furnace cycles on. This noise is likely caused by a dirty furnace burner which, if not corrected, can damage the heat exchanger. A damaged heat exchanger could result in carbon monoxide leaking into your house. DO NOT try to clean the burner yourself. This is a job for professionals. 

Squealing. This could be a sign of a blower fan belt wearing out, or insufficient lubrication in other furnace parts. Either way, contact us for a service call. Ignoring it could end up with your furnace breaking down.

Rumbling or rattling. This noise could signal a potentially dangerous problem with your heating system and must be addressed. The noises may originate from a broken heat exchanger. A damaged heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide to leak. Contact us right away for a service call.

Scraping. The blower fan is usually the source of this noise, and it happens when the fan has come loose from its mount. This also makes the furnace overheat and shut down prematurely, leaving your home much colder than you want it to be. Get in touch with us for a service call.

Odd smells

Electrical or burning smells. The smell of burning wire is usually an indication that something is overheating. If your furnace randomly turns off, it could be a sign that your heating equipment is protecting itself. If you notice a similar burning odor coming from your heating system, it could indicate that rubber or metal parts are wearing down and beginning to burn. In either case, shut off your heating system immediately and contact us for service.

Noxious exhaust odors or smoke. If you smell any of these odors, it might mean that your exhaust chimney is blocked. This can be a partial or complete blockage. If this is the case, deadly carbon monoxide could start to build up in your house. Shut off your heating system immediately and call us.

Rotten-egg smell. If you use propane or natural gas in your home and detect this odor, there is likely a gas leak. Follow propane safety best practices and evacuate the home immediately, then call 911 and Rinker Oil and Propane.

Inadequate heat

If your heating system isn’t providing adequate heat, first make sure the thermostat is set properly, then check vents and radiators to make sure heat isn’t being obstructed by furniture, draperies, or other items. If these aren’t the problem, contact us for a service call.

Heating system cycles on and off frequently

This could be caused by small, easy-to-fix problems such as a faulty thermostat or dirty air filter. Check each and replace if needed. Give us a call if your heating system is still frequently turning on and off.

Rinker Oil and Propane offers expert furnace and boiler installation, maintenance, and repairs. Contact us for all your heating system needs. And don’t forget to ask about our service plans!