Now is the time of year when we start to use our furnaces or other heating systems more often. Hopefully, you had professional maintenance done to fend off potential repairs in the future. Maintenance helps your heater and air conditioner work as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. Plus, professional maintenance helps reduce repair needs by as much as 85%.
Of course, even with maintenance, your heating system is still a complex piece of machinery, and as a result, it’s going to need repairs every now and then. So, it’s important to know the signs that your system needs repair so that you can give us a call! Read on to learn what these signs are.
You Hear Strange Noises Coming from the System
Something that can make it hard to decide if your heating system needs repair is that it can be really easy to neglect problems that aren’t necessarily “getting in your way” so to speak. A weird but quiet noise coming from the cabinet of your furnace, for example, might not bother you much, especially when you don’t hang out by your furnace all day.
But this can actually be the sign of a major problem. Whereas something like a slight buzzing sound can be the sign of an electrical problem, and a screeching noise could signal a worn-out fan belt that could break any minute now. A popping or banging sound could even be a sign of something dangerous and could be causing harm to the heat exchanger.
Your Energy Bills Are Way Too High
You shouldn’t be too surprised that your energy bills go up as the temperatures go down. After all, this means that your heating system is running for longer, and this means it’s operating!
But, are you spending far more on your heating needs than you did this same time last year? If so, you’d be right to suspect a problem. Most likely, you’ll also notice your heating system is running nonstop instead of cycling as it should, and this should be checked out ASAP.
You Can’t Seem to Get the Thermostat Up High Enough
Does it seem like no matter how high you turn up the thermostat, you can’t make it warm enough to stay comfortable in your home? Then there is a problem! The problem could be with the heating system, or it could be with the thermostat, but either way, it’s a sign that something needs repair.
And if your heater is running nonstop but not reaching the desired temperature on your thermostat, this means it’s accumulating wear and tear at a rapid rate and is likely to break down on your when you need it the most.
The System Is Short Cycling
This is the name given to the process where a heating (or air conditioning) system cycles on and off rapidly, never actually completing a full heating (or cooling) cycle. This is both the symptom of a problem and the cause of further system problems, so be sure to give us a call right away if you notice this issue.