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8 Signs You Need Expert Heater Repairs


When is it better to have a heater breakdown, in the fall, winter, or spring? If you are like us, your answer would probably be none of the above! A heater breakdown is never convenient because it can force you to get an early replacement and may leave you without access to heat for days (depending on the supply chain).

So how can you prevent that worst-case scenario? The first option is scheduling yearly maintenance for your heater. We encourage this for good reason. But even maintenance won’t prevent every problem. To handle bigger issues that a tune-up can’t prevent, you’ll need to get an expert heater repair in Fresno, CA. Here’s how you can tell it is time to make the call.

How To Tell Your Heater Needs Help

The sooner your address any heating repair needs for your system, the better. And that applies to every kind of heater, furnace and heat pump systems alike. Here’s how to tell you have a system that needs expert repairs.

  1. The heater runs nonstop: Your heater isn’t made to run for hours. If the system seems to run nonstop, then it is a good idea to have it checked out. There may be a problem with heating components, airflow, or even temperature detection.
  2. Your heater short cycles: The opposite of a heater that never stops running is one that short cycles. This term refers to a cut-off heating cycle which may be due to a tripped circuit, poor airflow, or another problem.
  3. Cold spots throughout the house: If certain rooms or parts of your home are cold, there may be an issue with the distribution of the warm air your heater is trying to deliver.
  4. There is reduced airflow: Check the air that is exiting your vents or air handlers. If the strength of the airflow is weaker than usual, or just weaker in some areas, it is worthwhile to talk to a technician about repairs.
  5. Airflow is cold: Maybe the airflow is steady and strong but the temperature is far too cold. This is a problem worth reaching out to an expert for.
  6. The system’s response is delayed: When you turn on your heater, the response it provides should be prompt. If there is a big delay before the system kicks into gear, you should have it checked.
  7. There are concerning noises: A noisy heater is a heater that needs to be checked out. Rattling, hissing, banging, booming, or screeching are all worth a call to a technician.
  8. There are concerning smells: Last but not least, concerning noises from your heater should be worth a call for repairs. Be alert for the sweet smell of refrigerant, an acrid odor caused by burning electrical parts, or the smell of sulfur caused by a gas leak.

Contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning to schedule your heating system repairs. We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find!

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