It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But winter is also the time when temperatures start to drop, making it necessary for homeowners to have a working heating system. Whether you’re just turning your heating system on for the first time this season or you’ve been using it for weeks, it’s important to recognize the signs of heating system issues if you want to keep your HVAC system working properly and efficiently throughout the winter months.
When to Repair Heating System
Not sure if your heating system needs repair? Here are just a few of the top signs that it’s time to call an experienced HVAC technician for furnace repair:
1. Your heater isn’t putting out warm air.
Temperatures have started to drop, sending you running to the thermostat to turn up the heat. Only you adjust the temperature settings and nothing happens!
If you find that your heater isn’t putting out warm air, this could be a sign that something is seriously wrong. Before calling Advent, check to make sure that the circuit breakers and power switch are on. If you see that power is getting to the system, but it’s not turning on or it turns on but only blows cool air, then it’s time to call in the professionals. The problem could be a faulty thermostat, but it could also be a much more complex problem. The only way to know is to have an experienced HVAC technician diagnose your system.
2. Your utility bills are higher than ever!
When your heating system is running as normal, your utility costs should be about the same from year to year, depending on your amount of use. However, if you see a sudden spike in your utility costs as compared to last year without increased use, then there may be an issue with your heating system.
Higher utility bills could be a sign that your heating system is straining to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Not only does this increase your energy usage (and bills), but it can also start to cause unnecessary wear and tear to your system’s parts, which can result in a serious breakdown later on. When you start to see signs of rising utility costs, it’s time to call a qualified HVAC technician to inspect your heater.
3. Your heater is making weird noises.
There are some normal sounds that occur when your heating system is in operation. You should be able to hear the system kick on and off throughout the day. However, if you start to hear weird noises that you’ve never heard before, then this could be a sign that your system needs repair.
If you hear screeching, grinding, or other unusual noises when you turn on your heating system, turn it off immediately. Strange noises could indicate a number of different repair issues like a worn out blower or broken internal components. The only way to know for sure what’s happening with your heater is to call an HVAC technician to diagnose and repair your system.
4. There are unusual smells coming from your heating system.
Just like unusual sounds, strange odors coming from your heating system is another sign that your equipment needs repair. If operating normally, your heating system should not give off any strong odors or lingering scents.
Sharp or pungent odors can be a sign of a problem with your heater’s electrical components. Musty odors can indicate mold or moisture pooling in your equipment where it shouldn’t be. A burning smell can also indicate issues with your system’s internal components. If you start to smell strange odors when you turn your system on, you should immediately shut the equipment off and call us.
How to Avoid Heating System Repair
Though sometimes malfunctions and breakdowns are inevitable, there are a few ways that you can avoid needing heating system repair this winter. Below are just a few ways that you can work to take good care of your heating system and avoid surprise repair issues when the cold weather hits:
Testing Your Heating System
Most homeowners won’t know that their heater needs repair until they turn it on for the first time during the colder weather. By that time, you may find that your system doesn’t work properly or worse, it’s experiencing a complete breakdown. That’s why we recommend turning your heater on and testing it before you need to use it for the season.
Start by turning on your furnace and waiting to hear it kick on. Then, adjust the thermostat by a few degrees and wait to see if the temperature in the room adjusts. If the temperature does not adjust to what you have set your thermostat to or you find that the heater takes too long to get your home warm, it may be time to call in the experts.
Keeping Up with Professional HVAC Maintenance
Another way that you can avoid needing major repair issues is by keeping up with professional HVAC maintenance throughout the year. We recommend at least two seasonal HVAC maintenance visits – one in the fall and one in the spring. That way, you can ensure that your HVAC system is working properly and efficiently before heating and cooling seasons.
During your professional HVAC maintenance visit, your Advent Air Conditioning HVAC technician will clean and lubricate your systems parts to keep everything in working order. The HVAC technician will also inspect your system to make sure it’s operating properly. If they notice any issues that may cause repair needs later on like wear and tear to the system’s components, they will explain the issue to you during their visit and give you options for repair. The faster you notice these issues, the quicker you can work to fix them.
Get Dallas – Fort Worth Heating Repair
Are you noticing some of the issues above are happening to your heating system? It might be time to call in the heating repair specialists at Advent Air Conditioning. We will send one of our HVAC technicians to your home in a timely manner to diagnose and repair your heating system before you experience a bigger problem or a breakdown.
The sooner you call us, the sooner you will be back to enjoying complete home comfort in your warm and toasty living space. Call us today for Dallas – Fort Worth heating repair: (469) 240-5456.