If you own a gas appliance then from time to time you will need to hire a gas appliance repair service to help you manage them. Most homeowners do not realize that they need to schedule regular maintenance for their gas appliances, but if you check the owner’s manual you will probably see a recommended check-up schedule. Natural gas is not something that you want to play around with because it can be very dangerous for you and everyone else that lives in your home.
Whether you are a new or an old homeowner in Myrtle Beach, SC, it is never too late to learn about how to properly take care of your gas appliances. There are several appliances in your home that may depend on natural gas, even though it is probably not something that you think about. These include a gas cooktop, gas oven, and an HVAC system. If you cannot remember the last time that someone from a gas appliance repair service was out to your home to inspect your gas appliances then this alone is a sign that you probably need to call and schedule an inspection. When it comes to natural gas, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
On the other hand, if you know that your appliance needs to be fixed then you need to call someone from a gas appliance repair service to handle the task. You should never attempt to handle repairing a gas appliance on your home because the smallest error could have disastrous results. It is simply not the type of thing that you can cut corners with, because the potential costs could be as high as loss of life.
While you are thinking about that and looking into contacting a local gas appliance repair service in Myrtle Beach, SC, here are a few things to be on the lookout for. Knowing the signs that something might be wrong with a gas appliance in your home is the first step towards getting the right type of help. The following is an overview of some of the most popular signs of a gas problem, and what you should do if you notice any of these signs in your home.
Odd Smells of Fumes in Your Home
You should never smell any fumes or chemicals while inside your home. If you smell a chemical or fumes smell coming out of any appliance in your home then you need to make sure that you call a gas appliance repair service right away and refrain from using anything in your home with a flame until they come to check it out.
It is also very concerning to smell gas wafting through your home. While natural gas does not have a smell, most companies will add an additive to it that makes it smell like rotten eggs or sulfur. The presence of this smell means that you have a gas leak somewhere, which is an immediate concern. If you don’t know exactly where it is coming from you need to exit your home immediately along with anyone else in the home. Once you are a safe distance away from your home call the fire department or gas company who can safely turn off the gas so you can return to your home and then call a gas appliance repair service to take care of the problem that caused the issue.
If you do know the appliance it is coming from, you can turn off the emergency shut-off valve and then call for help. However, if you don’t know where the shut-off valve is or don’t know where the leak is then it is not worth investigating. Simply get out of your home and leave it to professionals to handle because natural gas has the potential to be very dangerous.
Believe it or not, you can check on the health of your gas system by simply looking at the color of the flame on your gas stove or furnace. If the flame is receiving the right amount of oxygen and gas then it should burn a solid blue color. If you notice that the color is more yellow or red then you really need to call for gas appliance repair service sooner than later. Sometimes this simply indicates that the burners or igniters need to be cleaned or replaced, and the problem can be fixed quickly. Note that if you have a fireplace that burns via gas it is possible that the yellow or red flames are decorative so check your manual if the fireplace addition is new.
Gas Furnace Is Not Working Properly
While most people think of their HVAC system as a separate entity within their home, in the simplest terms a furnace is just another gas appliance. Therefore, if you notice that your furnace is not working properly you may need to call a gas appliance repair service for help. A lot of times dust and lint build up if you don’t have it regularly cleaned which is why we strongly recommend regular servicing. In fact, most HVAC manufacturers recommend that you have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year because there are a lot of components that can go bad over the course of a year.
Have you noticed one of the above signs in your home, or do you worry that something is wrong with one of your gas appliances? When it comes to gas appliances, there is never a stupid question so w urge you to call and ask about it. We would rather you be safe than ignore an instinct that is telling you something is wrong. If you need any help with gas appliance repair service, give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Myrtle Beach a call today.