With temperatures hanging around in the fifties during the day and the forties at night, it’s safe to say that you’ll be counting on your heating system to keep you warm more and more in the coming days and weeks. That means that your heater really needs to be in the best working condition possible—at least if you want it to function as effectively and reliably as possible. And no, heater problems this early into the season are not unheard of. They’re not even that uncommon, actually.
So how can you tell if you need heating repair in Bothell, WA? One way is if your heater will not start up for you at all, obviously. Equally obviously, at least to us, is the fact that you really don’t want to wait for your system to break down entirely before you go ahead and schedule any repairs that it may need. Early intervention is always in your best interest, so here are a few examples of what heating problems may look (not to mention sound and smell!) like.
What’s Your Heating Bill Look Like?
Have you just started using your heating system for the year, only to discover that there’s been a correlating spike in your energy/utility bill associated with running that system? Well, of course, you may think. Increased usage obviously means increased cost. And going from nothing to anything is about as fundamental as an increase can be right?
Well, yes. But that does not mean that you should ignore what seems to be a very high cost associated with running your heater. Our winters are relatively mild in this part of the country—it’s not as if we’re fighting off subzero temperatures regularly. If you feel like your heating costs are unusual when compared to years previous, remember that any heating problem is probably going to drive down efficiency.
How’s the Output?
Does it seem like your heater is already struggling to keep up with these chilly temperatures we’re encountering? If so, it is important that you have any problems with it resolved promptly. While winters may not be extreme around here, they’re going to feel a whole lot longer if your heater continues on this path throughout the season.
From duct leaks that are letting cool air into the system to a low refrigerant charge hindering your heat pump’s ability to transfer heat, any problems with your system really must be dealt with ASAP. The longer that you wait to have your heater fixed, the worse off it is likely to be.
Does It Sound or Smell Strange?
It is important to remember that a malfunctioning heater is not only a problem because it can compromise your comfort, but also due to the fact that it can be dangerous. If you ever smell a burning odor or a gas odor coming from your heater, stop using it and get in touch with the appropriate authorities immediately.
You should also listen for problems, as well as looking and feeling for them. While a screeching sound may be something as simple as a worn-out fan belt, problems of any kind will snowball if you let them. Consider any abnormal sounds cause for professional service.