Is your home heater on but the house is still cold? Does your heater make strange noises? Are there odors coming out of your registers and vents? If you’re in the Simpsonville area, and are experiencing any of these problems, you may have a serious issue with your home heater, and you should call a heating repair company to evaluate your system to keep your family warm and safe this winter.
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Signs Your Heater May Need Repair
The average lifespan for a furnace is 15 years, so if your home heater is older than that, it’s probably due for a repair or replacement. Also, look out for these signs that indicate your home heater is going bad.
- Water Leaking – If you notice water pooling around your furnace, it likely means you have a leak, and that leak can be either gas or water. And while one is more dangerous than the other, the fact remains that when you have a leak, you need to call in a heating repair company immediately to assess the situation.
- Gas or Other Odors – If you smell gas or another odor coming out of your furnace, it’s a sign that there’s a serious problem. Don’t wait and hope the problem fixes itself and call for a professional heating technician immediately.
- Odd Noises – Most furnaces make a little noise, but if your system is making a sound that you’ve not heard before like a banging, whining or grinding sound, it’s a sign that something’s wrong.
- No Hot Air – If the heater is on but your house is still cold, then there’s an issue with your heater that you’ll want to fix before the temperature drops below the freezing point.
- Unexpected Rise in Utility Bills – For most people, their utility bills remain the same month to month, but if you notice an increase on your bill and your usage has stayed the same, it could be a sign that your heater is not operating efficiently.
If you notice any of these issues, it’s essential to the health and well being of your family that you call in a heating repair service to evaluate your home’s heating system and advise you on any repairs that need done.
Professional Heating Maintenance
As mentioned above, most home furnaces are rated to last about 15 years, and with proper maintenance, you can ensure that you get every bit of usage out of your system before it needs replaced. If you’ve not performed any maintenance on your furnace, the best time to start is before winter sets in. While many tasks can be done by yourself, it’s always wise to call in a professional who may be able to find and fix small problems before they become big ones.
Here are a few routine maintenance tasks to perform:
- Clean the Filters – When your system’s filters become dirty, it must work harder, which wastes money. Put in clean filters regularly to keep everything running properly.
- Get a Tune Up – Having a professional heating repair company come in and do a heating tune up on your home’s heating system will ensure that it’s working at maximum efficiency and saving you money on your utility bills. Most tune ups are less than $100, and you’ll easily save that with a more efficient system over the winter.
- Check Your Drain – Many home furnaces use a drain for condensation, which can become obstructed over time. This obstruction can result in water damage and the growth of mold, which can lead to allergies.
- Check Exhaust – If your home heater’s exhaust outlets are blocked, it can cause carbon monoxide to build up, which can be lethal. For the safety of your family and pets, make sure to have these outlets regularly inspected and cleared.
Regular filter replacements are critical to ensure your system stays running efficiently.
Don’t Let Money Get In the Way of Safety
At Energy Sharks Heating & Air, we know that getting a furnace replaced can be a big expense for a lot of people, but we also know that suffering through a freezing winter without adequate heat isn’t safe for your family. We offer a range of financing options that will fit virtually any budget so you can stay warm and comfortable all winter without draining your savings.