You depend on your heating system to keep you and your family warm during the cold winter season, so you can’t afford to have a unit that is in need of repair or may break down on frigid days. To avoid potential heating problems, you should check for these four signs that your heating system needs to be repaired.
The only acceptable sound coming from your heating unit or furnace is air blowing gently through your air vents. If you hear clanking, banging, screeching, or rattling sounds, there’s a chance that something is going wrong, so you may need to call in an HVAC technician to take a look. Troublesome noises coming from your heating system could also mean a loose blower fan, a worn fan belt, clogged air filters, or loose ducts. The technician can check for these problems and recommend the right solution or make the necessary repairs at an affordable cost.
It’s normal to smell a faint burning odor when you first turn on your heating system, and the smell should go away within 30 minutes. If it persists, the ducts may be clogged, or the air filters might need to be changed. These filters trap dust and dirt that can cause a funny odor when the system is on.
A clogged duct is also a potential fire hazard. If you get a whiff of burnt rubber or plastic, it could mean there is a major mechanical or electrical problem with your furnace. Systems that are about 15-20 years old are more likely to start having these problems and may need to be repaired or replaced.
Cold Spots or Uneven Heating
A well-running heater should evenly warm the air around your home. If you notice cold or drafty regions when the thermostat is in a suitable setting for the outside temperature, check to see if all the air vents are opened. A system that is not running efficiently or requires repair will continue to leave cold spots regardless.
Turning up the heat will not improve the warm air quality or balance airflow. Instead, some rooms will become far too warm and uncomfortable, and this will run up your energy bill. Consider calling a heating expert to check the system or ducts for damage and perform the necessary repairs.
Increased Energy Bills
Your heating bills should be relatively consistent with those from recent years. However, a sudden jump in energy bills is a telltale sign that your furnace or heating system is in dire need of repair or replacement. These systems are designed with a certain shelf life, usually 15 to 20 years, depending on the brand. Old systems have to work harder and require more energy to heat the same size home or room.
Contact Our Heating Repair Specialist
Please don’t wait until your heating system fails to have it checked out. Our HVAC technicians are trained and experienced in inspecting all types of systems for signs they need repair. We may need to install a new heating unit in some cases to keep you warm and toasty and save you money in the long run.