Nobody should have to worry that their heater will break down at any moment as we head into winter. However, if you don’t know the signs are that indicate your heater needs some help by way of repairs, then this might very well be a concern for you. It’s never fun to have to pay for repairs, but it’s even worse to have an unexpected heater breakdown and call for emergency repairs.
Our experts will be the first to tell you that it’s vital that you have your heating repairs taken care of as soon as you notice you have a problem. This will help you avoid worse problems and expensive repair bills. Plus, your system will last longer! Read on as we uncover some of the signs of a heater in need of help.
Your Heater Is Making Strange Noises
What sometimes makes it hard to detect heating system issues is that it can be easy to ignore problems that aren’t “in your way,” so to speak. A strange sound coming from the cabinet of your furnace might be something that doesn’t really bother you, especially since you don’t exactly hang out next to the heating system all day.
But, strange noises can be the sign of a major problem. A buzzing sound, for instance, can indicate something electrical, and a screech might signal a worn-out belt that could break at any moment. A “pop” or “bang” can be the sign of something dangerous that could lead to a cracked heat exchanger and carbon monoxide exposure.
You Spend Too Much on Heating
Nobody should be surprised when their heating bills go up in the winter as the weather gets chillier. After all, your heater is going to run for longer, which means it is doing its job!
But if you seem to be spending much more than you were last year around this same time, it’s a sign of a problem. Be sure to compare your bills to not only this same time last year, but to what your neighbors are paying.
You Can’t Get Your Thermostat High Enough
If it seems like no matter how high you turn up the thermostat, it’s still not warm enough, then that is a problem. It’s probably not you, it’s very likely the heater itself! Your heating system may have something going on that’s not allowing it to reach your desired temperature, which means it’s going to keep running nonstop to try to compensate. This means you’ll be paying for heater use without enjoying the comfort it is supposed to bring.
Your Heater Is Short-Cycling
Short-cycling describes the process where your heater cycles on and off in rapid succession without ever completing a full heating cycle. This is both the symptom of a problem and the cause of more problems. And unfortunately, your heater uses the most of its energy when it starts up, so short-cycling is really inefficient and ultimately expensive.
If your heater is brand new and having this problem, it’s unfortunately a sign that it is too big for your home. But if it’s an aging system and this is a new problem, it could be the sign of an electrical issue within the system or some type of blockage. The only way to get a proper diagnosis is by calling the pros!