Temperatures around here are still cool enough for at least the next few weeks to still be using our heaters on a fairly consistent basis. But with springtime just around the corner, it’s easy to ignore heating repairs, right? Unfortunately, you could be doing a major disservice to your Littleton, CO HVAC and your comfort by ignoring end-of-season heating system needs!
However, how do you know when you have heating system needs? Are there any major red flags, aside from system shut down, that indicate your heater needs a repair? Some symptoms are more subtle than others for sure, but yes, there are signs you can watch for. What are they?
Signs of a Heater in Disrepair
- Strange, unfamiliar noises such as groaning, banging, or whining.
- Less-than-powerful heat, no matter how high you turn up the thermostat.
- Higher than average energy bills, even though you have comparable use to last year.
- Yellow pilot light in your gas-powered furnace.
- Struggling to turn on, stay on, or running without shutting off.
What Causes Heating Issues Like These?
There are a variety of potential causes of heater problems. You may have an issue with your thermostat, and not the heater itself, first off. This is at least one heating repair need that should not be delayed. After all, this is the same thermostat you use for cooling your home, we’d imagine. Therefore if you ignore the repair need, you’ll be stuck with a malfunctioning air conditioner in a few months when you need it.
Other possible heating system repair needs come from leaky ductwork, clogged or dirty air filters, or even an electrical fault in the heater’s mechanical system. Neglecting these problems can cause them to become worse—therefore the best thing you can do for a heater in disrepair is to contact our team for inspection right away.
Avoid Future Heating System Repair Needs
Not every heater malfunction can be prevented. But there are ways in which to reduce your risk—such as by scheduling maintenance once a year for your heater. If you’re utilizing a year-round heat pump system, then this maintenance appointment should be made every 6 months.
During your maintenance appointment, our HVAC technicians will thoroughly inspect and clean your heater, making any needed adjustments to the system as we see fit. This helps ensure that your heater will work as efficiently and effectively as it should throughout its entire lifecycle.
It’s also during maintenance that we’ll alert you to any small repair needs so you can get them on your schedule right away and prevent larger and costlier emergencies later on. The cleaning portion of your maintenance appointment is important, too. Over time, dust and debris builds up on the coils and other components of your heater, causing it to perform less efficiently. This is why annual (or biannual) heat pump maintenance is so vital. It helps you prevent future issues, or at least reduces how severe these problems will become.
Contact Aurora Plumbing Company for all of your heating service needs. We have someone in your neighborhood today!