Are you shivering in the cold right in your own home? Are the banging and grinding sounds coming from the heater giving you a headache? Does your house smell funny? If so, it could be time for a heating repair. Understanding the most common signs of the need for a heating repair can help restore comfort to your home so that you can get back to resting, relaxing and doing what you need to do.
Temperature Control Problems
If you’re shivering in one room of your house and are just fine or even too hot in another part of the house, this is a clear indication of a heating system problem. The heating system may be losing efficiency at reaching rooms that are farther away from the main air ducts or it may have other problems. Uneven or inconsistent heating is a sure sign to schedule a repair.
Furnaces, boilers and heat pumps all make their own set of normal sounds. A few clicks, the whirring of the fan and the whooshing of the air as it enters each room are all normal sounds. However, if you hear any of the following sounds, the heating system may have an electrical or mechanical problem that needs professional diagnostics:
Sniff, sniff, what’s that foul smell? Smells of burnt hair, burnt dust, or a stale, musty odor in your home could be the result of a malfunctioning heater. If the air filter is dirty, replace it with a new one. If the odor persists, then it’s time to have a professional take a look and see what’s wrong. A worn out belt could result in a burning rubber type of smell, while dust and dirt in the system can make for stale, musty and otherwise odorous air.
High Utility Bills
If your utility bills have been creeping up without any recent utility rate increase, weather change or change of the settings on your thermostat, it could be the result of a heating system problem. A clogged air filter, loss of lubrication or worn out belt can decrease system efficiency and performance. A system repair can restore the heater to its peak level of performance and bring your utility bills back to their normal levels.
Waiting to have your heating system repaired could result not just in your continued discomfort, but the damage or problem could worsen as the equipment is forced to perform under sub-optimal conditions. A prompt system repair could prevent the need for costly and extensive heating system work and may even extend the life of your furnace or heat pump. Call us at Gartner HVAC to schedule HVAC repair service in your Wilmette home.