Temperatures in our neck of the woods are still chilly enough for homeowners to be using their heaters on a regular basis. But spring will be here soon enough, and the warm weather that comes with it can hit hard. You’ll find yourself switching from using your heater to using your AC system regularly in the blink of an eye.
This makes now the perfect time to consider if you have any Sterling, VA heating repair needs that you should take care of as we reach the official end of winter. Sure, air conditioning maintenance is certainly something to think about and get on your schedule right away, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your heater, no matter how late in the heating season it is.
Do You Need Heater Repairs?
Sure, we can tell you that the end of winter is no time to ignore heating repair needs—but do you even know how to tell if you have any repair needs? Keep reading to learn about some signs that will tell you your heater does deserve some special attention.
- You hear strange and/or unfamiliar sounds coming from the unit, like whining, banging, or groaning noises.
- Heat isn’t coming through, no matter how high you turn up the thermostat (this is very inefficient by the way!)
- Your monthly energy bills are higher than you feel they should be even though you haven’t used the heater any more than you did last year.
- You have a gas-powered furnace with a yellow pilot light.
- Your furnace is struggling to turn on or stay on.
- The furnace keeps running without shutting off.
“What’s Causing My Heater to Malfunction?”
There are a number of possible causes for a malfunctioning heater, especially if you didn’t have maintenance performed before the heating season started. First of all, you may actually have a problem with your thermostat, and not the actual heating system. The good news in this scenario is that it likely isn’t an expensive problem!
The not-so-good news, however, is that a thermostat problem will affect your air conditioner too, which is why you should address this problem as soon as possible. After all, this is one HVAC device you need no matter what time of year it is.
But what about other possible heater problems? You might have damaged ductwork—another problem that will affect your cooling system too. You could have a clogged air filter—this should be changed or cleaned every 1–3 years to protect the interior components of the HVAC systems. Finally, you may have an electrical malfunction, which is something you want to have fixed right away both for your heating system and for your safety. It’s important to remember that neglecting or delaying heater repairs can cause them to grow worse, and possibly even dangerous.
AllTech Services, Inc. is your trusted resource for both quality heating and cooling services. Whether you suspect you have repair needs or you want to schedule maintenance to ensure your heating system is prepped for next year, don’t hesitate to contact us!