“Oh, come on. It’s still early October. Why are we already talking about the things that could go wrong with my heating system this winter?”
Well, because heating problems can strike any system, anywhere, at any time. We are not trying to alarm you—this is just a fact, alarming of one as it may be. You already know that routine heating maintenance is the best way in which to keep your heater functioning at peak performance levels. However, even this is not enough to make your heater 100% reliable. At some point, you are going to need heating repairs in Bolingbrook, IL.
When you do, you want to schedule them—with us!—as soon as possible. Acting swiftly will help you to minimize any negative effect that problems with your heater may have on it in the long run. The sooner that we can intervene, the less likely that serious, costly damages are. And, the less risk to your comfort, as well.
Keep Your Ears Open
A lot of people will instruct you to keep your eyes open for warning signs of trouble with your home heating system. That is valuable advice, but it can also be a little myopic. You also want to keep your ears open, because there is a very good chance that the first signs of trouble that you’ll notice will, in fact, be audible ones!
What kinds of noises might you hear that can indicate that your heater is in trouble? Loud banging sounds, a grinding sound, screeching, and even non-stop clicking could mean that your heater is compromised in one way or another. Only by thoroughly assessing your system can our professional heating repair technicians be sure to accurately diagnose the problems that you’re having before relieving them completely.
Is Your Heater Running Normally?
That depends on your definition of normal, right? Well, as professional heating technicians, our definition of normal is full, even heating cycles. That means that a heater that won’t shut off, or one that is running in short bursts before cycling back down again, only to repeat the process over and over, is not one that is functioning properly.
If your system won’t shut down, you may have the temperature set unrealistically high. You may also have a faulty thermostat. If your heater won’t run a full cycle, then it is “short cycling”. This can be caused by anything from a very dirty air filter to icing on the coil to a refrigerant leak (in heat pumps). If the filter is not the obvious cause of the problem, contact us right away.
How Do Your Heating Costs Compare?
Even we cannot help you to heat your home for free. No, not even if you use the best heater on the market. That being said, you shouldn’t see big, inexplicable spikes in the amount that you are paying to heat your home during the heating season. If this is the case, then chances are that there is an underlying problem driving down energy efficiency.