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10 Signs Your Heating System Might Need Repair or Replacement

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Winter is just around the corner and we’ve already gotten a taste of cold weather this fall. Your heater will determine whether you’ll have a cozy winter or a miserable one.  Heaters need regular maintenance to work effectively. Your heater could malfunction right in the middle of winter!
To avoid such a scenario, why not address the issue beforehand? Pay keen attention to these 10 signs to arrange for heating repair or replacement before it’s too late. Understandably, these signs aren’t always obvious, and it’s easy to overlook them until it’s too late.

  1. Outrageously High Power Bills

    When your electricity bills are off the charts, then it could be your heater. When your gas bill also goes inexplicably high, it could indicate a heater malfunction.
    Over time, your heating system is bound to become less efficient.  This reduced efficiency means your heater may take longer to get the house to the right temperature.
    Take note that utility companies may gradually raise their rates. When your bill shoots up drastically, however, then it is a cause for alarm. It might be time for a professional heating repair.

  2. Your Burner Flame or Pilot Light Turns Yellow

    We’re all used to the blue gas furnace burner flame. When the burner flame is yellow instead of blue, then it could underscore something wrong with your heater.
    A yellow flame indicates the presence of carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas.
    Carbon monoxide is very dangerous in excess and is poisonous and deadly. It is, therefore, important to address this issue immediately.
    Inexplicable flu-like symptoms are also a carbon monoxide indicator. If you feel dizziness or fatigue when at home, then vacate your home immediately.
    When you notice your gas furnace flame turning yellow contact us immediately.
    Regarding your pilot light, a yellow, orange, red, purple, or green flame is a bad sign. These colors indicate that your furnace has too much condensates like tar and rust.
    These substances hamper the efficiency of your heater. In excess, they could also be harmful to your health.

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  3. Strange Noises from Your Furnace

    Old heating systems are prone to occasional rattling, banging and creaking. Squealing could indicate problems with your system’s motor bearings.  Rattling means your blower assembly or motor needs some checking. You may hear loud rattling when you fan starts up. This rattling is very annoying and is never a good show for the guests.
    It is important to address these strange noises quickly before they get out of hand. These noises could also lead to more serious problems with the heater.

  4. You have to Adjust Your Thermostat Constantly

    Getting up too many times to adjust your thermostat could indicate something wrong. You may have trouble getting the right temperature in some rooms.
    If you can’t get the temperature right after several tries, then let the thermostat be. You should divert your attention to your heating system itself instead.
    The furnace may not be distributing heat evenly across the rooms. That’s why some rooms may feel warm and others a bit chilly.
    You need to address this issue quickly to prevent it from getting worse.

  5. The Age of Your Heating System

    Just like any machine, a heating system is bound to wear. Typically, the life expectancy of a heater is between 15 to 25 years.
    A pilot light is a great way to tell if your system if old. If your heater has a pilot light, you could be looking at a 25-year-old system.
    An old heating system is very likely to break down. It is also inefficient and could be the reason why your bills are so high.
    You might need some heater repairs or a complete overhaul of the entire system. It’s never a bad idea to upgrade your heater, especially if it has served for over 20 years.
    Don’t wait for winter to get an upgrade. Call us now at (615) 657-4351 to talk to us about your options today.

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  6. Too Many Replacements in a Short Time

    Heater repairs are nothing unusual. But if you find yourself replacing too many components too soon, then the heater may have a serious problem.
    For older systems, heater repairs aren’t difficult. Finding replacements parts, however, is pretty hard. Ultimately, it makes more sense to settle for an entire system upgrade.
    Too many replacements mean your system needs some serious repair work.  Buying replacement parts too frequently isn’t good for your bank account.
    You can also arrange for a heating system upgrade. An upgrade will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your home’s heating. It will also save you a lot of money on repairs over time.

  7. When It Has Short Cycles

    Short cycling is when your heater goes on and off intermittently. It is up to the thermostat to regulate your home’s temperature.
    When your heating system goes on and off inadvertently, that can’t be the thermostats. Instead, it could indicate a serious malfunction in the heating system.
    Short cycling occurs when the heat exchanger overheats. This overheating causes the entire system to shut down. The system turns on again when the exchanger cools down.
    When your heater has short cycles, then it’s time for a repair or replacement. Otherwise, you may be in for a very chilly winter.

  8. Quality of Air Decreases at Home

    Air quality is not something you can see. Sometimes your house air may get too stuffy or hazy without good reason. The reason could be that your heating system needs repair.
    Flawed furnaces are notorious for circulating dust, mildew spores, and allergens. If you notice a spike in respiratory illnesses in your family, then the heater could be the problem.
    You could try changing the filter of your furnace first. If it’s damaged, you can replace it yourself instead of calling in a professional. Also, as a matter of routine maintenance, you should check the filter every month.
    That said, sometimes the problem is more than just the filter. You’re better off having us take a look at it.

  9. You Have to Turn up the Heat Too High

    If you need to crank up the heat too high to be warm, then you have a heater problem. You may find that your heater doesn’t keep you warm at the typical temperature setting.
    Don’t rush to the doctor. It’s not your health; it’s the furnace that needs a check-up.  This means your furnace is not running as efficiently as it should.
    You should arrange for a heater repair as soon as you can. Doing so will save you a bundle in utility bills for having an inefficient heating system.
    You shouldn’t have to turn up your heat too unreasonable levels just to keep from freezing.

  10. When It’s Been Ages Since Your Last Heater Inspection

    Your heating system needs inspections regularly without fail. For most folks, heater inspections are an urban legend. It never works well for their heating systems ultimately.
    Remember, always schedule your heater for regular inspection. These inspections may end up saving you a lot in future repair costs.  Typical inspections won’t take more than thirty minutes.
    Do yourself and your family a favor and book an inspection with us today before winter starts.

Get Your Heating System Inspected Today!

Most people wait until winter to get their heating system inspected. Regular inspections are imperative to a properly functioning heater.
Hopefully, you know how to spot any flaws in your heater that may warrant a heater repair. When you’re fed up with having to repair your heater too frequently, it might be about time to get a complete heating system revamp.
If you need any heating repair, revamps, or installation, contact us today and never run the risk of having cold feet during the winter.

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