Signs Your Heating System Is in Need of Repair
As temperatures drop and days get chilly, your heating system works to keep you and your family comfortable. Especially cold temperatures or unusually long winters can tax your heating system even more. The last thing you want is to unexpectedly walk into an unheated home.
Stay ahead of a total heating breakdown by watching for signs that your system needs servicing. Let’s take a look at the major warning signs that could mean repairs are needed.
When you first turn on your heating system, you may smell an odor. It could be dust burning off in the ducts, which is normal. If the smell dissipates after a few hours, it’s most likely not a cause for concern.
If the odd, burning smell doesn’t go away, it could be a sign of a major problem needing repair, like a broken electrical or mechanical part. Damaged parts usually smell like plastic or rubber burning.
First, you can try changing your air filter to see if that helps, since all the dirt and debris caught in an old furnace filter could cause the funky smell.
Don’t ignore a funny smell that persists for more than a few hours after you first turn on your heating system. Also, any odors that happen after the first time you turn on your heater could be a sign it needs attention. Ignoring these signs can result in a total furnace breakdown, or worse, a fire.
Clanking, Banging, or Screeching Noises
If your heating system makes clanking or other odd noises, it may be a warning of problems to come. Most heating systems will make some small noises, but if you hear anything unusual or loud, it’s time to call your heating system professional to take a look.
Unusual noises coming from your heating system could mean a part has worn down or loosened, or there may be a belt needing replacement. The faster you have your system looked at, the better the chances you won’t have a total failure which leaves you and your loved ones without heat.
The heat is on, but as you walk around the house, you notice cold spots—areas where the heat doesn’t seem to be reaching well. Once you check to make sure all the ducts are open, and you still feel cold in certain areas, it’s a sign your system isn’t heating efficiently.
Rooms or spots where it’s too warm may also indicate your system needs repair, and can also cost you more in energy costs. Seasonal heating maintenance can help, but ultimately your system may just not be right for your home.
Rising Energy Bills
Once your heating system is in use, if you see a big jump in energy costs that’s unusual, it may be that your system is not working properly. It could also mean your heating system has aged to the point where it can no longer handle the load. To check, take a look at your energy bills from last year during the same time period, and compare the costs. If something looks off, give us a call.
Schedule Heating Repair in Raleigh or Surrounding Areas Today!
Homeowners in the Raleigh area call on Air Experts Heating & Cooling to troubleshoot and fix any heating system problems. The weather in the Triangle area is unpredictable in winter, and temperatures can drop quickly, so it’s important to keep your heating system in tip-top shape so your family stays safe and comfortable.
Don’t wait until your furnace or heat pump fails! It could be much more costly to fix, and you may not be able to live in your home until it’s repaired. Stay vigilant, and call Air Experts at the first sign of any of these issues!
Contact us online or give us a call at 919-480-2727 today to learn more or schedule service!