We’ve progressed well into winter now, and although the snow took a bit longer to get here than usual, it’s certainly cold enough for most homeowners to be using their heaters 24/7. All that extra strain, though, means that Boise, ID heating repair needs are much more likely, especially if you didn’t schedule maintenance before the season began. For furnaces and boilers, this service is recommended once a year, where heat pump type systems should receive this service twice yearly.
The good news, however, is that there are several common signs that your heater is running into issues, and, if you know what to look for you can probably spot them pretty easily, and get repairs scheduled just as easily. Remember, you shouldn’t attempt a formal diagnosis or repair on your own. There are many complex and potentially harmful components to heating systems (especially gas-powered heaters) and this kind of work requires the touch of a professional. But when is it time to call in that pro?
Your Heater Is Making Strange Noises
By strange noises, we mean anything you don’t normally associate with the noises your heater makes during operation. This might include hums, bangs, rattles, groans, and buzzes. In many cases, you’ll notice these sounds as your furnace or heating system stops and starts.
Low Levels of Heat
It’s pretty likely that you’d notice cool air coming through your vents when your heater is supposed to be on. Even if it’s not cool, if it feels lukewarm or just not as warm as you think it should, you may be dealing with a pretty serious issue, and it warrants a check from a team of professionals.
Low Air Flow
So, what if the air coming through your vents is warm but not as powerful as it once was? This low airflow can be caused by a problem with the fan or even a blockage in the system, both of which will lower the flow of air through your ductwork, making it harder for a forced-air heating system to do its job.
This is the process in which your heater turns off and on again rapidly. Since the fan motor and other components use considerable energy by starting and stopping versus just simply running, short cycling constitutes a big problem for your heater and for your energy bill.
When it comes to gas-powered systems, a heater that won’t start up at all can have some type of safety issue involved, such as a gas leak, faulty ignition, or some other similar threat that can pose a risk to your home and safety.
We will always recommend that you contact a pro when you’re facing a tough HVAC problem. This can be anything from a screeching sound to an increase in your energy bills. Know the signs to watch out for, and don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions.
For quality heating services, you needn’t look any further than Ultimate Heating & Air, Inc. Contact us today!