Nobody likes to spend unnecessary money right before the holiday season, let alone any time of the year. The fact of the matter is though, some things come as a surprise and force you to spend money before you were ready to. Heating system repairs are one of those things that can come as a surprise. Whether it’s a loose component, damaged ductwork, or worn-down motor bearings, heating repair needs are never fun.
However, knowing the warning signs that you have a small problem and calling our team right away is much better than waiting for the problem to grow, making it a bigger and more expensive problem right in the middle of the holiday season. Read on to learn a few of these signs!
Loud or Unfamiliar Noises
Furnaces make noise. There is no getting around this fact. You’ll hear things like the shifting of ductwork when the air starts blowing through it, and air coming through the vents. You may even hear a very gentle rattling which can also be your ductwork (though, we’d have that checked out if we were you—shifting ductwork can lead to damaged ductwork!)
What you shouldn’t hear are any noises that are new, loud, or just odd. This can include shrieking, clanging, banging, and even clicking. Clicking as your furnace shuts down could be a sign of a cracked heat exchanger, which is not only harmful to the furnace itself but can become harmful to your health and safety due to potential carbon monoxide exposure.
Give us a call right away if you notice any of these sounds!
A Burning Smell
At the very beginning of the heating season, you might detect a very faint burning odor. This is typically indicative of dust burning off the jets and heat exchangers when you start the system up for the first time. The odor should dissipate in a few days, if not sooner.
If you’re noticing a burning smell this late into the season, it’s imperative that you have it checked out by a professional as it could mean you have electrical components smoldering or burning.
Higher Than Average Heating Bills
Look at your energy bills. Are they a lot higher than what you paid this same time last year, despite no obvious changes to your household? If you can, compare what you’re paying to what your neighbors are paying as well. If there is a big discrepancy, then there is a good chance that something is causing your furnace to work inefficiently, and this should be checked out by our professionals.
These are just a few signs that your heater needs repair. You should also watch out for uneven heating or really anything that seems out of the ordinary for your furnace.
DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today for professional heater repair in Bergen County, NJ.