We’re not asking this subjectively. What we’re asking is if your heater costs more to run than it did last year, despite comparable use. Perhaps you haven’t noticed that much of a change—but what are your neighbors paying? If you’re spending out much more than they are for your heating system use, then there is a very good chance that your heater isn’t working as efficiently as it should—and this is just one sign of a heater in disrepair.
With spring just a month away, and temperatures sure to warm up soon, you may not be prioritizing heating repairs right now. This is particularly true if the heating system is still functional. We’d urge you to reconsider, though. The sooner your heating system is repaired when problems arise, the less likely you are to face a total system breakdown and costly emergency repairs. If you have noticed your heater seems to be too expensive to run, or have discovered the two following problems, please reach out to our team ASAP so that we can assess.
Is Your Heater Blowing Cold Air?
If you’re using a forced air heating system, like a heat pump or a furnace, to keep your home comfortable, then perhaps the most obvious sign of a problem is cold air coming from the vents.
This doesn’t mean that repairs are always necessary (more on that in a moment), but you could be looking at something like damaged and leaky ductwork, potentially dangerous combustion problems, or even a malfunctioning thermostat. Remember, ductwork and thermostat problems will negatively impact your air conditioner, too.
In what scenarios are repairs typically not necessary? First off, if the thermostat was set incorrectly by a member of your household. Before you give our pros a call, be sure to check that the thermostat is not in “fan only” or cooling mode (if you use a heat pump). Ruling out these issues before scheduling repairs will save you time, not to mention money!
Next, check your air filter. Is it clogged up with dirt, dust, and other debris? The cool air you’re detecting might actually be better described as low airflow, caused by a blocked air filter. This component should be changed out by the homeowner every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home.
Is Your Heater Behaving Unreliably?
Does your heating system fail to start up when it is supposed to? Or maybe it is starting up, and then cycling back down quickly, before your home has even been sufficiently heated—this process is called short-cycling. If either of these are occurring, you’ll want a pro to come in and inspect, and resolve, the issue.
Trust us when we say you should not settle for this when it comes to your home comfort. You deserve a heater that will perform reliably, effectively, and efficiently. This is just not possible with a system that won’t start up or is short cycling.