Modern heating systems are incredibly safe and reliable. Of course, a heating system is really only ever as good as the services that it receives. That is why you should schedule your heating services with the professional technicians on our team. Even with routine service, there may be a need for residential heating repairs in Clayton, NC. At some point, no matter how great your heating system may be, you are going to run into operational problems of some kind with your heater.
When problems do develop, it is always in your best interest, and that of your heater, to have them resolved as soon as possible. To do so, you need to know some of the early warning signs to look out for. That’s what we are going to discuss in today’s blog post. If you notice any of these red flags in your home, or you have any other reason to suspect that there is a problem with your heater, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Your Heating Bills Seem too High
There are a lot of reasons why your heating efficiency may slip over the years. You could have a problem with your ductwork, such as leaks that are letting heat out of the system before it reaches its intended destination. Maybe you have not been diligent in scheduling routine heating maintenance. Maybe your heater is just so old that it cannot perform at the efficiency level it used to.
That being said, a sudden drop in energy efficiency is more likely the result of a new problem than the ravages of time. Having your system inspected and your ductwork tested may be a good idea. We can narrow down potential causes of the problem in order to resolve the issue entirely. Don’t settle for heating that drains your budget.
Your Heater Makes Strange Sounds
While radiant heating systems are largely silent, they also aren’t often used in this area. Systems such as ductless mini splits, heat pumps, and furnaces are far more common. These systems blow heated air into/around the house, and they make some noise as air is distributed, they cycle on and off, etc. There is a big difference between normal, minimal operating sounds, however, and loud clanging, screeching, and banging sounds.
When you notice any such sounds, reach for the phone immediately. What seems like little more than an annoyance could be your heater telling you that something is seriously wrong. You may just need a new fan belt if the system is screeching, but that clanging could mean that loose parts are slamming around in the system and doing damage.
Your Heater Won’t Run Consistently
The heater in your home doesn’t heat your living space immediately. It should run in full, even cycles in order to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the house. If it is running in short bursts, it is short cycling. That means something is wrong.
That “something” could be as simple as a very dirty air filter causing the system to overheat. Just changing it out should fix the problem. It could also be a refrigerant leak in a heat pump, though, or a faulty thermocouple in a furnace. Only trained professionals can diagnose the problem accurately and resolve it completely.