Winter is on its way here in Winchester, MA, and now is the time to make sure your heating system is running as it should. Fall weather is cool, but not as cold as it will be in a few short weeks, which means you still have time to make any necessary corrections or repairs before the temperature drops too low.
Ideally, you should schedule a maintenance session from a trained technician to spot any problems — and if you haven’t done that in 2016 yet, now would be the perfect time — but you can help your own cause by looking for certain specific signs of trouble. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Strange Noises. Anytime you hear a noise that you don’t normally associate with your heater’s use, you’re likely looking at a problem. In most (but not all) cases, the noise will appear and disappear in conjunction with turning on and turning off your heater.
- Higher Bills. Many problems with your heater won’t create an identifiable problem, but will use up more energy than they should. As a result, your bills may spike unexpectedly without an attendant rise in heater use.
- Low Air Flow. Low air flow usually results from a blockage in the vents somewhere, or else a problem with the fan blades or fan motor.
- Low Heat Levels. A furnace that blows cool air is obviously an issue, but you should also check for heat levels that are lower than you’d expect. They will force your system to use more energy than it should and elevate the chances of a breakdown in the near future.
Anytime you experience any of these symptoms, turn your heating system off immediately and call in a repair service. The professionals at Cooling Unlimited are standing by to help you today!