We’re finally heading into fall here in the Inland Empire after many long months of hot weather. You’ve likely only begun running your heater for a few weeks at the most, and cold days (as cold as they can get in Southern California) are still to come. That makes now the ideal time to check your heating system for signs of trouble. Problems from last winter may have been compounded by months of lack of use, and running your system for any length of time could turn into a big problem if you don’t spot the signs.
The good news is that there are common signs that the heater is running into problems, and if you know what to look for, you can usually spot them pretty easily. You should never attempt a formal diagnosis, much less repairs – heating systems involve dangerous components like gas that requires proper training and licensing to conduct properly. Luckily, you don’t need to make a formal diagnosis to determine that there is trouble. You merely need to notice that your heating system isn’t performing the way it should – the way you normally expect it to. When you spot those signs, turn off the system and call in a repair service.
Common signs of heating repair issues can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Strange Noises. That means anything you don’t normally associate with the noises your heater makes while it is running. It can include hums, bangs, rattles, groans and buzzes. In most cases the noises will start and stop with the starting and the stopping of the furnace itself.
- Low Heat Levels. You can probably spot the signs of a problem if the air blowing through your vents is cool. The same holds true for air that is warm, but not quite as warm as you expect. It means the furnace will have to work harder to get your home warm.
- Low Air Flow. Similarly, a problem with the fan or a blockage in the system will lower the flow of air through the ducts, making it tougher for the furnace to do its job.
- Short Cycling. Short cycling is the process whereby the furnace turns off and on again multiple times throughout the day. Because the fan motor and other components use a lot more energy starting and stopping than they do simply running, short cycling constitutes a huge problem with your furnace.
- Non-Starting. A furnace that doesn’t start up at all often has some kind of safety issue involved: a gas leak, a faulty ignition, or some similar issue that could constitute a real threat to your home. Safety features will keep your furnace from turning on, which both alerts you to the problem and prevents further damage. The bad news is that the furnace won’t turn on until this issue is corrected, which means you should get it looked into fast.
Here in Riverside, CA, heating repairs can be performed by the friendly professionals at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.!