Thanksgiving is just around the corner and soon the holiday season will be in full swing. If there’s one thing that can really throw a wrench in your holiday plans, it’s a problem with your heating system.
Given how busy the holidays can be, you may be tempted to put off calling for heating repair, perhaps even relying on other methods of hearing your home like your fireplace. But some repair needs should be addressed ASAP. Let’s take a look at these so you’ll know to schedule a prompt repair and get back to your enjoyment of the holiday season.
1. Heating System Doesn’t Turn On
This one may seem fairly obvious, but some homeowners will put this off if their home has other methods of heating. But a furnace or heat pump that won’t even turn on or deliver any heat is a major problem.
The last thing you want is for the temperature to plummet and realize your backup method of heating the home isn’t adequate. When it’s really frigid out is also when we’re busiest. Call us right away if your system won’t turn on or isn’t outputting any hot air.
2. The System Keeps Turning Off
Short cycling means that something is interfering with the heating system’s ability to complete a heating cycle. It’s a sign that a breakdown in service is imminent.
Your heating system won’t be able to complete a heating cycle, leaving your home not warm enough and uncomfortable. Short cycling can happen for several reasons. When left unaddressed, it also puts enormous stress on the system and should be looked at ASAP.
3. There Are Unusual Noises
Loud, unusual noises are one of the easiest ways your heating system lets you know it needs some help. These noises can be startling and concerning. You may hear include banging, rattling, screeching, scraping, hissing, grating, and clicking. If you have a gas furnace, the most concerning noises out of these are banging and clicking as these could indicate an issue with the ignition system.
If you hear the clicking sound when you initially turn the heating system on, when the igniter isn’t getting gas, it’ll make a clicking noise as it tries to spark a flame. The ignitor will keep clicking as it tries and fails to ignite. This could indicate that there’s a clogged gas valve or there could be a dangerous leak in the gas line. You should turn the system off and call us right away.
If you hear the clicking sounds at the end of a heating cycle after the blower motor turns off, this could indicate that there are cracks in the furnace’s metal heat exchanger. These micro-cracks can’t be seen, but they could be letting carbon monoxide (CO) gas enter your home. If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs, this is another situation that should be considered an emergency.
Don’t let the weather get you down, call Brown’s! Brown’s Heating & Cooling is your trusted resource for heating repair in Colorado Springs. Contact us today!