When you live somewhere like Edmond, OK, the last thing you need is to have a heater that can break down at any given moment. But if you don’t know the signs that a heating system actually needs repair, then you could very well find yourself facing this dilemma. It’s never fun to have to schedule heating repairs, but we can assure you it’s even worse to have a nonfunctioning heater in the dead of winter.
It’s best to repair a heating system as early as possible so you can avoid sudden system problems and higher emergency repair costs later on. Plus, the sooner you repair your system, the more efficiently it will run, lowering your monthly operational costs as well. Keep reading as we uncover some of the top signs of a furnace in disrepair.
You Hear Strange Noises from the System
Something can make it hard to detect heating system problems is that they are subtle. So subtle in fact, that they’re easy to ignore. An odd noise or two could be relatively easy to ignore—especially when you don’t hear it throughout the majority of your home.
But strange noises shouldn’t be ignored, and they can be a sign of a major problem. For instance, a buzzing sound can indicate something electrical going on, while a screeching sound could signal a worn-out belt that could break at any moment. A pop or bang could be indicative of something dangerous, potentially damaging the heat exchanger.
You Are Spending Too Much on Heating
We know this can be subjective—what’s “too much”? Well, we’re talking about comparisons here. If you’re spending far more than you did this time last year, or much more than what your neighbors are paying while using the same type of heater as you, then it’s a sign your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it once did. A professional will need to determine what is actually causing this inefficiency to have it repaired ASAP.
Setting a Higher Temperature Isn’t Helping
Does it seem like no matter how high you turn up your thermostat, it’s still not warm enough? Chances are, this problem has little to do with the thermostat itself. Your heater is running nonstop to try to meet your preferred settings, and this causes components to wear down quickly, meaning you’ll likely have to replace the furnace sooner rather than later.
You Notice Your System Short-Cycling
Short-cycling is when your furnace is cycling on and shutting back off in rapid succession, without ever completing a full heating cycle. Unfortunately, your furnace is using most of its energy turning on and off, so this is contributing to system inefficiency. Not only that, but short-cycling increases the speed of wear and tear on your heating system, therefore shortening it’s lifespan and leading to a premature replacement.
The Pilot Light Is Yellow
No, this isn’t the color your pilot light is supposed to be—not if you want your furnace operating safely, anyway. The light at the burner should always be blue, otherwise, there might be substances present on the burners interfering with operation and safety, such as rust.