When winter arrives in Multnomah County, residents expect their heaters to work day and night to keep them comfortable. However, for many people, their heater isn’t up to the task because of the system’s age or lack of maintenance.
Heating problems are more than inconvenient; they can be dangerous, especially if you have elderly family members. If your heater isn’t working as it should, don’t take chances! Call the pros at Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning for expert furnace repair service.
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When to Call a Heating Repair Company
Some heating issues make it obvious that you need professional HVAC service. However, other times, the problem either doesn’t seem that severe or heater repair is far down on your list of things to do.
Since the last thing you want is for your heater to fail when you need it most, you must call for help if you notice any of these telltale signs pointing to potential heater failure.
Inconsistent Heat Throughout Your House
Do you have one room that’s nice and toasty while another one is cold? A heater that can’t produce even heat through the house is one of the first signs it’s failing.
You don’t have to time the heating cycles every day, but it’s easy to notice a heater that kicks on and shuts off quickly, which is also called short cycling. When the heater short cycles, it can heat your home correctly, and it increases the wear and tear on the machine, causing it to fail prematurely.
The air coming out of the heating vents shouldn’t have any odor, so if it smells musty or you notice an electrical odor, it’s not something you should ignore.
It’s normal for a furnace or heater to make ambient noise when running; however, if it makes grinding or squealing noises, it’s a sign that something serious is wrong, and the longer you wait for repairs, the worse the damage can get.
Spiking Heating Bills
It’s normal for your heating bills to rise during winter. If you’ve owned the same heater or furnace for years, you should know what to expect to pay month to month. So, if your heating bill suddenly spikes and remains high, it’s a sign your system is losing efficiency and needs a tune up.
You can avoid most heating problems with annual heating maintenance. Call Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning for more information.
Heating Maintenance Tips
The last thing Lake Oswego homeowners need is a catastrophic heater failure in the middle of winter. When heaters sit idle for months, they may not be in the best shape to run efficiently when winter arrives.
Here are a few tips to ensure your heater is in top form to keep your family comfortable when the temperatures drop.
Change the Air Filter
One of the simplest things you can do to keep your heater running efficiently is to change your air filter regularly. A dirty air filter impedes airflow, causing your heater to struggle; this not only puts wear and tear on the system, but it also hampers your heater’s ability to keep you comfortable.
Clean Ducts & Vents
To increase your heater’s efficiency and ensure even home heating, it’s crucial to keep your ducts and vents clean. Not only do clean ducts and vents keep your system running at peak form, but it also keeps the air in your home clean.
Call a Professional
The best way to ensure your furnace is ready for winter is by calling a professional HVAC company for annual maintenance and tune-up. Professional HVAC contractors have the necessary training to fine-tune your system and catch and repair minor problems before they cause your system to fail.
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Our Furnace Repair Service
Whether you need zoned or central heating repair, we have the specialized tools and experience to fix the problem quickly. Here are just a few of the heating issues we frequently encounter and repair:
- Damaged heat exchanger
- Dirty air filters
- Faulty igniter
- Malfunctioning thermostat
- Broken limit switch
- Frayed blower belt or worn ball bearings