Here in California, the heat of summer gets much more attention than the chill of winter. That’s fair enough. We don’t get buried by snow or hit by subzero temperatures the way that they do in other parts of the country. Don’t let this fact lead you to believe that your heating system is any less important than your air conditioner, though. If you need heating repairs in Fresno, CA, then you need them promptly. Waiting only causes more problems.
Of course, in order to schedule heating repairs as soon as possible, you first need to understand what the warning signs of heating problems look like. You don’t want to wait for your heater to break down entirely before you go ahead and have it repaired. That is hardly what we’d call a proactive approach. That’s why we’ve put together this guide of common heating red flags for you. Keep them in mind, and alert a member of our team the moment that you have any cause for concern.
Look Out for a Spike in Heating Costs
As heating systems age, they are going to lose a bit of footing in terms of energy efficiency. Yes, routine maintenance will help to keep heating efficiency intact as much as possible, but a gradual decline really is to be expected. A gradual decline, however, does not equate to a sudden spike.
If you start getting utility bills in that are much higher than expected, and the only difference is that you’ve put your heater back into normal usage, then there is probably a problem with that heater that is dragging down energy efficiency. Remember, your heater won’t break down entirely every time there is a problem. This spike in heating costs warrants further investigation.
Listen for Strange New Sounds (or Louder Sounds than Normal)
Is your heater making the same sounds as usual, but at a much higher volume than you’re used to? Are you concerned about the fact that your heater is making new sounds that you’ve actually never heard before? Then now is definitely the time to contact a member of our team.
Any heater, perhaps with the exception of electric radiant systems, is going to make some noise as it heats a home. If your system is booming, clanging, or screeching, however, there is almost certainly something wrong with that system. Contact a member of our team to have the problem diagnosed and resolved completely.
Feel for Cold Spots
If your heater has always left cold spots throughout your home then, unfortunately, it is probably not the result of problems that can be repaired. You may have an undersized heater or a poorly designed heat distribution system. In either case, a replacement may be necessary to fix the issue.
However, you could also have a problem with fans failing to force heat throughout the house effectively. Maybe you’ve got a heat pump that’s got a refrigerant leak. Or even leaky ductwork! These problems can be fixed, provided that you work with our heating repair pros!