If you think your heater is on the fritz or about to be, don’t wait to call your trusted local heating repair company. The longer you wait, the worse the problem gets! We are no strangers to frigid temperatures in Kansas, and we want our heating system to work when we need it most. If you notice any of the signs listed below, schedule a repair service call.
Signs You Need a Heating Repair
Spikes in your electric bill
An unusual spike in your electric bill is a good indicator that something is wrong with your heating system. If there is a problem with your furnace that is causing it to work overtime to heat your home, you will see that reflect on your utility bill.
If you notice that certain areas of your home are colder than others you might have an issue with your ductwork. Call a professional heating company to diagnose and repair the problem with your airflow.
If you find yourself cranking the heat higher and higher with little result, schedule a heating system inspection. An experienced heating technician will pinpoint the source of the problem and quickly repair it for you. Spending the money on a repair will save money over time because your furnace will operate more efficiently.
For the most part, your furnace should run quietly. If you hear banging or clanking sounds coming from your furnace, there’s a good chance something is about to go haywire. As a furnace ages and naturally starts to break down, it starts to make more noise. Take the odd sounds as a sign that you need to call the heating company.
Yellow pilot light
If your furnace is working properly, your pilot light should have a blue flame which indicates energy efficiency. If your pilot light flame is mostly yellow, orange, red, or green, then you have an issue. A yellow or flickering flame might indicate carbon monoxide production. As you probably know, carbon monoxide is odorless and can quickly cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Your furnace can leak gas or water. While a water leak is far less dangerous than a gas leak, it still must be dealt with. Most likely, the condensate line is clogged if water is pooling around your furnace. Don’t attempt to unclog the line yourself, instead call your trusted local heating and AC company for a repair.
You can smell gas
If you smell a strong gas odor, turn the furnace off right away and then shut down the gas supply. Call a reliable heating repair company immediately.
If your heating system begins starting up and turning off repeatedly then it is experiencing frequent cycling. Issues that cause your furnace to run more often than usual, might be a clogged filter, poor airflow, or thermostat problems. Your heating repair specialist will inspect the system and figure out why it’s rapid cycling.
If your furnace is over the age of 15 years, there’s a good chance that it’s past its prime. It’s best to start shopping around for a replacement furnace before the winter months arrive that way you won’t end up freezing when it quits in January.
When in doubt, it’s best to call a licensed and insured heating company to properly diagnose and repair any problem.