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Signs Your Heater Is Going To Fail On You

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As soon as fall and winter hit, you want to kick on your heater. You've been noticing some strange things coming from your furnace or heating system and you don't know if you should be concerned or not. After all, most of the time you have heat, so why invest in servicing?

If you wait until your heater breaks down for good, you'll end up without heat one day. You'll also end up with a more expensive repair bill, as the longer you let your unit run with flaws, the more likely you'll be to have to replace certain components or have to get a whole new heater. You don't want to have to suffer through the colder season, so pay attention to these signs your heater is going to fail on you. Investing in heating repair services will ensure your heater stays reliable all fall and winter long.

Strange Sounds

Your heater should make a slight clicking sound when it first engages and blows out heat. After that, your heating system should only make a gentle whirring or fan sound as heat distributes throughout your home. If your system roars, grinds, whines, or makes pounding sounds, call your HVAC specialist right away. Your heater's motor could be knocked loose or other components, such as a fan belt or blade, could be failing.

Unreliable Heat

You're not imagining things if it feels like the heat in your home is fluctuating more than usual. If your heater can't maintain the thermostat's setting or kicks on and off randomly, you need to have your system checked out. The problem could be as simple as replacing a dirty air filter or more complex.

Cold Air

Cold or lukewarm air is a concern, especially if you haven't changed the setting on your heater's thermostat. The heating element may be out on your unit or your heater could actually be over-heating, which puts your unit at risk of failing and can put your home in danger of a fire. Don't hesitate to call your HVAC specialist if your heater blows poorly heated air or no air at all.

Your heater may still be covered under warranty, especially if the appliance is still relatively new and you have your heater inspected as instructed. Otherwise, you'll have to pay for all your repairs out of pocket. You'll get an estimate from your heating specialist for repairs before they begin working on your appliance.