Furnace Fiasco Prevention

Seeing the Signs of Damage


Bosie Furnace RepairIn many cases, having your furnace professionally maintained on a yearly basis can catch minor problems before they turn into major and expensive repairs. However, in between tune-ups, problems can still occur that you should not ignore or wait until your next appointment to address. Your furnace will usually give you signs that there is a problem before a breakdown occurs.

Strange Noises

New noises, including banging, screeching, whining or popping coming from your furnace are not a good sign. These sounds can be caused by a variety of problems ranging from a minor issue to a major problem.

It could be anything from a loose fan belt, an ignition problem, a small part needing adjustment or replacement, or a motor getting ready to fail. These noises will not go away on their own and if addressed early enough, may save you an expensive repair bill. As parts begin to malfunction, added wear and tear carries over to the rest of the furnace’s components as the system tries to compensate until it finally breaks down.

Unexplained Increase in Utilities Bills

If your electric or natural gas bills have been steadily increasing for no apparent reason, it could be that your furnace is not working as efficient as it should. It could be as simple as an airflow problem from your furnace being excessively dirty or having clogged air filters. On the more serious side, it may be possible that your furnace is nearing its end of life. As your furnace struggles to keep up with producing heat, it will use more electricity and gas to operate.

Smoke or Air Quality ProblemsBoise HVAC

An old malfunctioning furnace may give off dangerous carbon monoxide fumes. Signs of exposure to this gas include nausea, headaches and light-headedness. If you or your family begin to experience these sudden symptoms, it is important turn your furnace off immediately, get everyone out of the house, and call the fire department or gas company to turn off your gas.

Your furnace will need to be inspected and repairs made before turning it back on. It may be possible that your furnace needs to be replaced if there are cracks in it that are allowing carbon monoxide fumes to leak into your home.


If you suspect a faulty furnace, don’t hesitate to schedule maintenance services. Call (208) 466-9447 and let Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Air get your home back in order.  

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What Is Hydrojetting & What Are Its Benefits?


HydrojettingHydrojetting everyday pipes is a common job for the best professional plumbers available. Hydrojetting procedures force water streams into pipes reaching forces of nearly 4000 PSI. This is at the highest pressure threshold of most PVC and aged metal pipes. The purpose of hydrojetting is to completely dislodge and remove all obstructions from a sewer line. Sheer pressure is normally adequate to force clogs through any series of pipes, but it is always good to identify the type of clog being removed.

Hydrojetting Grease

Common household drain disposal includes many biologic materials that tend to “cake” in pipes when cooled. Hydrojetting high temperature water through these pipes liquifies and loosens greasy materials that clog pipes. If the grease is lodged deep enough, no amount of drain-side hot water treatment will do the trick. For businesses and households disposing of great amounts of pipe-clogging grease, only professional-grade hot hydrojetting will remove the build-up causing the problems.

Hydrojetting Roots

Sometimes pipes become inundated with the encroachment of roots from trees and shrubs occupying the ground above pipes. Certain stubborn roots can infiltrate piping systems in search of water sources, and choke the normal flow of water. A professional plumbing service will first treat the roots with a copper-based solution that kills and thins the roots blocking a pipe. After the roots have been rendered inactive, standard hydrojetting will flush away the root debris and help to extend the life of pipes.

Hydrojetting Debris

Boise PlumberEspecially in households where children are present, pipe clogs tend to happen when debris that shouldn’t enter plumbing pipes..does! It’s a rare case where something that fits down a drain or toilet cannot be dislodged using professional hydrojetting equipment. The normal pressure of a draining sink, or a flushing toilet will not always force material through pipes. This is especially true if the material is a plastic toy, the pages of a phone book, or general dirt and soil from a child’s latest adventure. Quick, professional hydrojetting uses the integrity of plumbing pipes in combination with directed high pressure water streams to clear any pipes and return it to normal use.

Stop waiting for the perfect time to take care of your home’s drains and call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today for Hydrojetting services in the Boise area!