Around our area, it never gets super warm, not even at the peak of summer, in comparison to other parts of the country and even our state. However, it is almost time that we can shut off our heaters for a bit in favor of warmer temperatures.
Before you do this though, we encourage you to address any repair needs the system might have. Perhaps you think it’s silly to worry about heater repairs right now—after all you’re not going to need the system again on a regular basis until next fall.
But what happens if there’s a cold spell in the coming months, which is not uncommon? Or what happens if next fall rolls around, and your heater doesn’t work at all? These are scenarios we’d like to help you avoid. So read on for some signs that it’s time to give us a call for end-of-season heater repairs.
Signs You Need Heating System Repairs
It’s easy for us to say “give us a call at the first sign that you need heater repairs.” But what if you don’t know what those signs are? This can be understandably confusing. Fortunately, we’ve listed some common indicators you can watch out for:
- The system is making loud and unfamiliar sounds like whining, banging, or groaning.
- The heat isn’t coming through, even though you keep turning the thermostat up.
- Your utility bills are higher than average, despite comparable use to last year.
- Your gas-powered heating system’s pilot light is burning yellow or orange instead of blue.
- Your furnace is having a hard time turning on or staying on.
- Your furnace keeps running, without ever shutting off.
What Causes These Heater Problems?
There are a number of potential causes for the above-mentioned furnace repair needs, especially if you did not have maintenance done last fall before you needed the system the most. First off, it could be an issue with the thermostat, and not actually a heater problem at all. The good news with this is that generally speaking, this is a more affordable problem to get fixed.
The bad news is, a thermostat problem means your cooling system will be impacted as well. So, it’s best to manage this problem ASAP. After all, this is one HVAC component you need on a year-round basis.
What about the other potential problems we mentioned? Well, it might be that you have damaged or leaky ductwork or a clogged air filter—also two problems that will need to be fixed for AC functionality. Alternatively, it could be that you have a loose component in the system or a damaged part. Neglecting these types of problems can lead to a domino effect of symptoms, and potentially even harmful scenarios. For instance, if you have a cracked heat exchanger it could be allowing harmful CO (carbon monoxide) gas to leak into your home.
Remember, prevention is key with any heater problems. Even if you don’t have repair needs right now, if you skipped maintenance it’s not too late. Give our team a call for a tune-up so you can keep relying on your heater!