If you heating system is operating the way it should, you notice one thing and one thing only: your house is warm and comfortable. However, when it fails to function as it should, your home becomes cold and uncomfortable. In many cases, you can keep from finding yourself in that kind of unfortunate situation by knowing the signs of a failing heating system, allowing you to call on a heating contractor before the system ever breaks down and completely stops working for you and your household. Here are a few of those signs that you should be watching for.
When Your System Gets Too Old
Heating systems are not designed to last forever. In fact, furnaces are only mean to last between 15 and 20 years, but they will only last that long if homeowners take proper care of them. As furnaces reach about 15 years, it is important to start thinking about getting the funds together for upcoming repairs and a potential replacement. If you notice that your furnace has water marks or rust, which can occur with time, then there are issues inside the system.
When Your System Starts Making Loud Noises
Every single furnace will make noise, but if the noises get louder than you have ever heard before, then there is a huge problem that needs to be addressed by a professional as soon they can get to your home. Popping or squeaking tends to indicate a loose component inside the system. Squealing usually means that a belt or motor has gone bad. Scraping tends to mean that metal is rubbing against metal and is typically a problem with the blower wheel. These sounds should never be ignored.
When Your Systems Starts Blowing Cold Air or No Air
Your heating system has a single job—to keep your home warm. If the air being blown into your home is room temperature or cooler, then a professional needs to be contacted. There is likely an issue with the hot surface igniter, pilot light, or ignition control. If the system isn't blowing any air at all or little air through the vents, then there may be an issue with the blower fan. Regardless, if you aren't getting hot air, then a heating repair service needs to be contacted.
When you notice any of the aforementioned signs, don't hesitate; get in touch with a local heating repair service immediately to ensure that you aren't stuck in the cold.
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