The number one way to prevent any type of problem with your heater, but particularly an emergency situation, is with maintenance. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect your entire heater, inside and out. During this inspection, we’ll clean the system to help it perform more efficiently, and make any adjustments necessary.
Another thing we do during maintenance is we keep an eye out for repair needs, as small as they may be. This allows you to get heating repairs on your schedule sooner than later, so you don’t have to worry about your heater suddenly breaking down in the middle of winter.
Of course, even with maintenance, there’s always a chance you could run into heating repair needs between tune-ups. They’re a lot less likely, but it’s still important to know the signs in order to give us a call. Calling in the pros when needed and staying on top of maintenance are the best ways to prevent heating emergencies. So, what are these signs?
- Odd Sounds: This means anything that isn’t normally associated with the noises your heater makes while operating. This can include hums, bangs, rattles, groans, and buzzes. In most cases, the noise will start and stop with the starting and stopping with your heater itself.
- Lack of Heat: This is clearly a big problem to have in the winter time! If your heater is blowing out air, but that air isn’t warm, then your furnace or heat pump may have an internal issue or even ductwork damage.
- Low Airflow: As equally frustrating as a lack of heat is a lack of airflow—a problem with the fan or some type of blockage in your system can cause a lowered airflow—whether it be at the intake due to a clogged air filter, or at your vents due to dirty or damaged ductwork.
- Short-Cycling: Short-cycling is the process where your furnace or heat pump turns on and off again rapidly instead of in regular sessions. Since the fan motor and other components use a lot more energy starting and stopping than they do simply running, short-cycling constitutes a big problem for your heater.
- Non-Starting: If your furnace or heating system doesn’t cycle on when the temperature reaches the level you have designated on the thermostat, then you could be dealing with a safety issue, such as a gas leak, faulty ignition, or some similar issue that can become a real threat to your home. This problem is two-fold—you don’t want to bypass the safety issue and put your home at risk, plus you can’t use your heater until the problem is resolved.
If your furnace or heater isn’t starting up or is displaying any of the above symptoms, call us right away. The best thing you can do for a malfunctioning or struggling heater is contact professionals with years of experience and thorough training dealing with all types of heating systems.