Winter is closing in fast, and with temperatures already dropping, chances are you’ve been using your heating system on a regular basis for some time already. If there are any problems with your heating system, now is the time to get them fixed. Doing so means you won’t get caught by surprise when a cold front hits and your heater suffers from a sudden breakdown. It also means you have time to schedule repairs at your leisure, instead of scrambling in the middle of winter.
You should never try to diagnose a heating problem on your own. Specific symptoms may have multiple causes, and trying to pin them down requires formal training and licensing. Furthermore, heating systems contain dangerous elements such as gas lines, and while most systems have safety features that will shut the whole system down in the event of a leak, that does little to solve the problem. Without the right training and experience, there’s simply no way to effectively treat repairs to the system the right way. If your heater has problems, you need to call in a professional instead of trying to do the job yourself.
Luckily, you don’t need formal training to be able to spot a given problem with your heater. Chances are you’ve become very accustomed to the normal functioning of your system: the sounds, the flow of air through the vents, and the like. When you spot any sign that something is wrong with your heater, turn it off and contact a heating service immediately. What kind of signs? They can include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Strange Noises, which include anything you don’t normally associate with your heater’s standard functioning: hums, whistles, clangs and the like. In most cases, the noises will start and stop with the starting at the stopping of your heater.
- Reduced Air Flow from the vents. This is usually caused either by a blockage or crimp in the ducts, an active breach in the ducts, or a problem with your fan such as a faulty motor or bent blades. (It’s a particular problem because it usually leaves heated air trapped in your furnace, causing other components to overheat.)
- Low Heating Levels, which means air that isn’t as heated as you expect. It can be caused by anything from clogged burners to a breach in the ducts. It’s a problem because it forces you to run your heater for longer periods of time than you should: adding to your monthly bills and increasing strain on the rest of the system.
- Short Cycling, which is when the heater turns off and on many times throughout the day. It usually indicates a serious problem with the heater, and since the system uses much more energy turning on and turning off than it does simply running, it increases strain and monthly costs as well.
If the heater in your Arlington, TX home suffers from problems, call Earthwise Home Services immediately. Our Comfort Now Guarantee means we’ll deliver total home comfort within 24 hours of your call, and our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee means you’ll be happy with our work no matter what!