You could say our weather is relatively predictable, right? Chilly winters and sweltering summers. As we transition into spring here soon, it’s easy to forget about our heaters as we get ready for that aforementioned sweltering weather. You’re probably ready to get AC maintenance done—when our technicians come out and thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure top performance.
But before you do all that, don’t forget about your heater! Ignoring any type of heating issue, no matter how small, can cause it to turn into a emergency repair situation, or possibly even a heater that won’t turn on at all when you need it again next fall.
But how do you know when you have a heater problem that needs addressing? Read on as we uncover some of the symptoms of common heating related problems.
You Have a Drafty Home
Maybe you noticed that your living space isn’t heating up as fast as it used to, or you detect cold spots in certain areas of your home. If so, it may be that your heater is declining in performance for some reason.
It could also be the sign of some other problem, like an issue with a miscalibrated thermostat or even damaged air ducts. These are both things that will negatively impact the performance of your air conditioner this spring and summer too, so it’s best to address it as soon as possible!
Your Heater Is Making Odd Sounds
No matter how minor the noise might seem, if your heater is making a noise you haven’t heard before, you are right to be concerned. A few noises in particular that should warrant a repair call to our team right away includes a mechanical clanging or banging, hissing or clicking, or even just general noisy operation that you aren’t used to.
Your Heating Bills Are Higher Than They Used to Be
A spike in heating bills over the winter months isn’t totally out of the ordinary. What’s out of the ordinary is if those heating costs are significantly higher than what you payed this time last year, despite comparable use.
You should also compare your heating bills to what your neighbors are paying. If they have similar systems and similar household needs but are paying far less than you, it may be because their systems are newer, or there is something that is preventing your heater from performing as efficiently as possible.
The System Is Short-Cycling
Short-cycling describes a process where your HVAC system turns on and shuts off rapidly, which increases the wear and tear on the system. It’s worth mentioning that if you have a relatively newer heater and have always experienced this symptom, it probably means the system is too large for your home. Be sure to talk to our pros about your options if this is the case!
Remember, letting a heating system sit in wait throughout the spring and summer seasons with lingering repair needs can result in a large and expensive hassle for you. It’s best to give our pros a call if you suspect even the tiniest thing is wrong with your heater.
For expert heating repair in Los Alamos, NM and more, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration.