Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for you to completely avoid ever needing heating repair services? Unfortunately, this just isn’t possible. Even the best installed and most well-maintained heating system will succumb to natural wear and tear over the years.
The best thing you can do for your heater and your wallet to learn to recognize the signs that heater repairs are needed. This way, you can get out ahead of them, and schedule professional services accordingly.
Of course, you can also reduce the chances that you’ll have huge repair needs, and lower your costs, by scheduling routine heating maintenance. Maintenance tune-ups allow our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your furnace for optimal performance. We also check for repair needs during this service, so you can manage them before they grow into something worse.
Whether you skipped maintenance, forgot to schedule follow-up repairs, or just have an aging furnace, beware these following signs of a heating system problem:
Cool or Lukewarm Air Coming from Vents
There are some symptoms you would encounter with a malfunctioning heater that are subtle. But a heater that’s blowing lukewarm or even cool air out of its vents is not one of them! It’s pretty clear this isn’t a problem that can be ignored, nor can it be fixed by adjusting the thermostat.
You’re likely dealing with a fuel combustion issue, or perhaps even a leak in the air ducts that go to a certain area of the home. Whatever the case, you need to have your system repaired to ensure that it’s blowing warm air again promptly.
Increased Heating Bills
There is something a little tricky about heating problems. Sometimes, you may not notice any real obvious signs of a problem. This is why it’s important to keep a close eye on how much you’re paying for your heater to operate.
It makes sense that the colder it is, the more your system will run and the more you’ll pay. What doesn’t make sense, however, is if you’re paying far more than you were this time last year, despite comparable system use. The same goes for if you’re paying more than your neighbors. If this is the case, it means there is something that isn’t allowing your heater to work as efficiently as it once did.
When you run your heater for the first time in fall, you may detect a bit of a dusty odor. This is understandable, since the heater has been off for months and some dust will burn off all the components.
If, however, you keep smelling a burning odor coming from your heater, then you need to contact us right away. This symptom suggests something is wrong with the electrical wiring, which is potentially dangerous.
Does it seem like your heater is turning on and off too frequently? Meaning, does it start up, run briefly, then immediately cycle back down? If so, your system is going through a process called short-cycling. This can be due to something as simple as a dirty air filter creating too much airflow resistance, or a faulty thermocouple. Whatever the case, we can resolve the problem for you.