In Texas, everything is different, even furnace issues. While one part of the state is enjoying the Sun, the other part is going through a winter storm. Sometimes all of Texas is experiencing a winter storm. It happens. When furnaces kick in, usually hot air is coming out, protecting everyone in your home from the cold. Well, how cold can it be in Texas? If we’re talking about this century, really cold, and very recent. We were freezing our a**es off. Yes, that cold.
Did you know?
Thunderstorms are very common in Texas, especially in the eastern and northern portions. Texas is part of the Tornado Alley section of the country. The state experiences the most tornadoes in the Union, an average of 139 a year. This strike most frequently in North Texas and the Panhandle. Tornadoes in Texas generally occur in April, May, and June.
So, furnaces. In technical terms, they work just fine. Just give a bit of space they will operate day and night if needed. Now, what to do if you think that somethin’ was wrong here? First of all, you’ll notice it quickly. It’s cold.
As you may have noticed in Plano, Texas, electricity can go out and never come back. Almost never, but that’s what it felt like. Now, if there’s electricity in your home, but something does not feel right, like lights flickering when your system turns on. That’s when you call a licensed technician or electrician. Here at Dragon Air Services we have both, licensed and experienced. Here’s a bit of video going over the basic electric components of your home.
The Electrical Safety Foundation cites:
Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in an estimated 43,700 home fires
These fires caused 430 deaths and 1,620 injuries
Causing approximately $1.5 billion in property damage
Sometimes a furnace will kick in, but there’s a bit of noise around it. For example: popping sounds – the ductwork expanding and contracting as it heats and cools, Rattlin’ – something may be loose, Squealing – if it’s not your neighbor’s cat, the belt may need replacement, and Grinding – the motor bearings may need repair.
On and Off Rapidly
In the case of a furnace turning on and off again too quickly (rapid cycling), many causes can exist. The first may be a dirty or worn-out air filter. If you haven’t replaced it within very recent memory, try doing so — it’s a quick and easy fix. Using old filters puts more stress on the compressor and can lead to mechanical failures over time.
If you smell gas, not good, leave home immediately.
Get your family out immediately.
Do not turn on or off any lights – the small electrical arc created could cause the gas to ignite.
Do not turn on the stove.
If windows are open, leave them. If you are able to open a few windows on the way out the door, then do so, but quickly.
Do not use the phone or cell phone in your house.
If the car is in the garage, leave it. Starting the car could cause an explosion — so could the mere act of opening the garage door using the door opener.
Go to your neighbor’s or outside to call for service.
Consider keeping the family out of the house if the service call is delayed. Plan to stay elsewhere until the gas leak is fixed.
Only turn off your gas if it is safe to do so. And call an emergency team right away. [source: How to turn off your gas meter]
Dragon Air Services is a family-owned business located in the heart of Plano. We specialize in residential Air Conditioning and Heating repairs, Air Conditioning, and Heating replacements, and Air conditioning and Heating service. Our expert technicians pride themselves on providing honest diagnostics so our customers can make educated decisions on what’s best for them. If you are in need of replacing an HVAC unit in Dallas, Plano or surrounding cities call us today at 214-790-9872 to schedule an appointment.
Here’s the list of services we provide in Plano and Collin County
AC and Heater Preventative Maintenance Furnace Repair