After a Long, Harsh Winter, Your Heating System Might Be Trying to Tell You Something!
With the calendar inching closer to March, we’re *hopefully* in the final weeks of winter. However, here in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, we’ll be needing to use our home heating systems well after spring officially “starts.”
If you didn’t get your furnace or boiler its annual maintenance tune-up before the winter season, it’s not too late! Regular professional maintenance helps prevent breakdowns and bigger repair costs. However, your heating system may be sending you messages that it needs repair service now—not later.
Here are some signs that your heating system may need professional repairs before the heating season ends.
- Unusual noises such as grinding, squealing, or knocking
- Vents are not blowing heated air or baseboards aren’t heating up
- An inexplicable increase in energy usage and costs
- Pilot light on gas-fired heating system is burning yellow instead of blue
- Heating system keeps cycling on and off frequently
- Heating system won’t turn or stay on
- Heating system runs constantly, even once the desired temperature is reached
If your home’s furnace or boiler shows any of these issues, give us a call to come examine it.
What Are Some Possible Causes for Heating System Malfunction?
There are a variety of reasons why your furnace or boiler might malfunction, particularly if you haven’t had it tuned up recently.
The thermostat may be faulty, not the heating system itself. The good news is that it’s most likely not an expensive problem! However, a thermostat problem will affect your central air conditioner too, which is why you should address this problem as soon as possible.
Other potential heating system problems may include:
Damaged ductwork. This is yet another issue that will have an impact on your cooling system, so you must address it.
Clogged air filter. Every month, inspect your air filter and replace if necessary. This helps keep dust and debris out of the heating system while also protecting the internal components from wear and tear caused by it.
Stuck damper. Dampers regulate the flow of heated or cooled air through your ductwork. If a damper is jammed, air may not be able to reach all the vents, causing uneven heating and chilly spots.
Electrical malfunction. It may be that there are problems with the wiring, which is something you want to have addressed as soon as possible for both your heating system and your safety. Neglecting to repair an issue like this might exacerbate the problem and even put you in danger.
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