Think about last winter.
You’re probably wondering, “why?” Nothing special happened–we didn’t have a surprise blizzard or anything.
We want you to consider the small things that might have happened though. Maybe your heater was making a weird noise. Or you noticed that your heating bills seemed to be a little bit pricier than the year before. Maybe you brushed these things off, figuring you’d deal with them later.
Well… it’s later now! Our hope for you is that you are able to take care of your heating repair needs before you need your system the most this year. It is, after all, officially winter, however relatively mild our winters are. If you haven’t already scheduled professional heating maintenance, now is the time to do so–give our team a call! And in the meantime, keep an eye out for lingering problems like the ones we’re about to mention below, and give us a call if you notice any of these symptoms.
Your Energy Bills Are Too High
We know, this seems a little subjective. “Too high” to one person may be “just fine” to another. But what we want you to do is a comparison. Are you paying dramatically more for your utility bills year after year? If so, it’s a sign that something in your home is behaving inefficiently, and it could very well be your heater to blame. After all, your HVAC systems use up about half of all your home’s energy use! So it’s going to be noticeable when either your air conditioner or your heater works inefficiently.
You Have Low Heating Output
Have you discovered that it’s taking longer than it used to for your home to heat up once your furnace or heat pump cycles on? Then you have a problem with low heat output. It may be a problem with your thermostat, or it can be a problem that goes deeper than that, and requires professional heating repair. The only way to know for sure is to give our team a call!
You can trust that you know the normal operational sounds that your furnace or heat pump makes on a day-to-day basis! Anything out of the ordinary is cause enough to give our team a call. For instance, you might hear screeching coming from your furnace–this can be an indication of worn down motor bearings that could lead to your motor overheating and shutting down. Rattling can mean a loose component. Clicking can mean a cracked heat exchanger. You get the idea!
Whatever the sound is, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about it. Even if it ultimately does end up being something really minor, it’s always better safe than sorry! This is especially true if you have a gas-powered heater.
Does something smell like it’s burning? While heaters do produce powerful heat, you should never detect an acrid smell. This can be the sign of an electrical wiring problem, or even a frayed gas line–this is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. Shut your heater off, and then give the pros a call.
These are just a handful of symptoms of a heater in disrepair. If anything seems off about your system, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.