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Some Signs That Your Heater Needs Repair


It can be quite frustrating to realize that you are paying a lot of money to heat your home up, but not getting the comfort that you expect. Maybe your heater is running intermittently or perhaps your system never seems to stop running. These are just a couple of the possible warning signs that your heating system may be struggling.

It’s essential that you be aware of the signs that something is wrong with your heating system. Your furnace or heat pump system is going to be pretty important for a few more months still! Read on as we uncover some of the top warning signs that something is indeed amiss with your heating system, and then please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you notice any of these symptoms.

Your Utility Bills Are Higher Than Average

Are you surprised to see how high your monthly energy bills are? If they’re a lot higher than they were this same time last year, it’s a sign that something in your home is working inefficiently, and it could very well be your heating system to blame.

After all, our HVAC systems account for about half of all the energy use in a home, so when one of these systems is working inefficiently, it makes sense that it would show up in this way.

The Heater Is Short-Cycling

This is when a heater, or an air conditioner for that matter, cycles on and off rapidly instead of in the regular intervals it is meant to. If you have a furnace, and it’s well-maintained and professionally serviced, then it should run about 2-3 times an hour, for 15 minutes at a time.

If it’s turning on more often than this or running only for a few minutes before cycling back off, this is a definite sign of a problem and it’s time to give our team a call.

You Notice Poor Airflow

How strong is the blast of air coming through your vents? If it seems pretty on par for what you’re used to in some rooms, but really weak in others, then you might need heater repair.

You could be looking at a relatively simple ductwork problem, or alternatively, if it’s an older furnace, it may be struggling to use enough power to get heat to the back of your home.

There Are Strange Smells Coming from the Heater

When you turn on your furnace or heat pump, does it create a foul smell? A smell akin to something burning might not be cause for alarm–if you’ve just turned the heater on for the first time this season. The smell can be indicative of dust and other debris burning off the burners.

If, however, the smell lingers for a few days or gets stronger, then it can mean there is a problem like frayed wiring or other electrical damage. Remember, even gas furnaces have electrical components in them!

This is one problem you definitely don’t want to wait on, you’ll want to call our team right away for prompt repairs.

For professional service on your heating in Lakewood, WA contact Sunset Air!

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