If you’re like most homeowners in our area, there’s a good chance that you use a furnace to fulfill your heating needs. This is a good choice—after all, furnaces can provide powerful heating and reliable performance. However, just like any other type of complex mechanical system, your furnace can malfunction and require attention from trained professionals.
Fortunately, you needn’t look any further than our team for quality heating services in Gustine. But in order to be able to call for heating repairs, you have to know that you have a heater in need of repair, right? We’d like to help you detect problems early on to prevent bigger emergencies by sharing with you some of the most common heater malfunction signs we get calls for—and yes, these are all reasons you should call for heating repair.
Unfamiliar or Very Loud Noises
Even if you’ve only had your furnace through one winter so far, you probably know the sounds it makes on a daily basis as it operates and goes through its cycles. When your furnace becomes noisier than usual, or you hear sounds that you don’t expect to come from your heater, it almost always means something is wrong.
These strange sounds may include mechanical shrieking (motors that need lubrication), clicks (caused by hazardous cracks in the heat exchanger), and rattling (this generally means you have loose components, typically in the blowers. It takes a pro to determine the actual cause and repair it, so be sure to give us a call.
The Furnace Turns On and Off Rapidly
This is called short-cycling, and this phenomenon can indicate a number of possible issues. Something is causing the furnace to finish its heating cycle too early, and this places intense strain on the components, raises your energy costs, and doesn’t give the furnace time to send heat in an even disbursement throughout the house.
The problem may be as simple as a clogged filter or as serious as a furnace that was never sized right for your home to begin with. It’s important to note with the latter, though, that you likely would have discovered the problem right when you got the heater if this was the case.
Your Energy Bills Are Too High
Naturally, your energy bills rise in the winter. But you should take a close look at them to see if they’re far beyond what’s comparative to last year, or even comparable to what your neighbors pay. If they are, there’s likely something wrong with your furnace that’s causing it to stop working as efficiently as it once did.
Cold Spots in the House
Is your furnace running fine, and yet you’ve noticed cold spots in your home? True, it could be a drafty window or door to blame. But if you’ve checked on this and that’s not the case, it may be your furnace ductwork. This is an important one to have fixed right away since it will impact your central air conditioner too, this spring.