When your home needs heater repairs, it is not a task you want to take on alone without professional experience on your side. When you discover that your heater is no longer working, you need to act quickly to find a solution. Days and evenings are getting cooler. Even if your heater doesn’t need immediate repairs, it wouldn’t hurt to have a check-up done on your heating system to determine the status of it and whether or not you may need repairs during the winter.
Avoid having to schedule a heater repair when it’s frigid and freezing outdoors by looking for these tell-tale signs that shout for repairs.
1. Old Heater
How long have you had your heater or furnace? Chances are, if you’ve had it for a while, your heater may be due for repairs or at least a check-up. Today, furnaces have a life expectancy of up to twenty years. If your furnace is hovering around this age, it’s time to start looking around for replacements before the winter arrives.
When you shop for a new furnace ahead of schedule, you can make better informed decisions and catch better deals. If it’s the middle of winter and your furnace goes out, you’re stuck with making a hasty, and probably expensive, decision.
2. Significant Increase in Gas and Electric Bills
As a furnace gets older and starts to wear out, it becomes less efficient. As efficiency decreases as a result of insignificant maintenance throughout the years, it will need to use more energy in order to achieve the same results. Simple heater repair can help to amend the issue and restore heater related costs back to normal levels. The sooner you make repairs, the more money you will save in the long run.
3. Infrequent Heater Repairs
If your heater goes too long without a checkup or maintenance, it can start to lose its ability to produce enough heat. As a furnace gets older, necessary repairs will become more frequent. With how fast technology moves, the older your furnace gets, the harder it can be to find replacements for older furnaces.
4. Color of the Burner Flame
When looking inside of the furnace, the burner flame should be a blue hue. This is normal for a furnace. However, if the flame is flickering or has turned a yellowish color, you and your family might be in danger of exposure to the poisonous gas known as carbon monoxide. If you notice that the burner flame is yellow, shut off the furnace immediately and contact a professional furnace repair company.
5. Other Strange Behavior
As we move into the winter season, a full check-up is necessary for your heater to ensure that it is ready to weather the wintery storms and the demands of the cold season. Take some time to inspect your heater and look for any other abnormal behavior. Strange smells, unfamiliar sounds, dampness, rust, and many other characteristics can be symptoms of a faulty furnace.
Contact us at Comfort Experts, Inc. with any questions and to schedule a heater repair today!