This is the time of year that all of you are counting on your heating system working for you and keeping you warm. You may not give your heating system a second thought until it needs repairing and then it will be too late. It is best if you find out that your heating system needs repairing that you get it done before the winter arrives. How will you know if you are in need of heating repair you may ask? Below are a few clues that will help you decide.
One clue that will let you know that you have heating repair needs is if your power bill becomes larger than normal. If you generally pay a certain amount for your electric bill and all of a sudden it doubles, you will know for sure that you have a problem with your HVAC system. You may not need to replace your system if this happens but you will need to call someone to look and see what the problem is. It may be that the unit outside is not working and the heat has switched itself to emergency heat to heat your home.
Another clue that you may need heating repair is if your house seems to not be getting warm enough despite having the heat on. You can check the temperature that is coming out of the vents in your home with a laser thermometer if you have one available. You can check with your local heating company to see what the thermometer should read in order to know whether your heating system has a problem or not. You can also put a thermometer in the center of the room where your thermostat is located to see if it reads about the same as the thermostat. If it is not close to the same temperature, you will know that you have an issue and you may be in need of heating repair.
If your heat continues to run even after your home is warm enough then you will know that you need to have it repaired. Sometimes you can turn your heat off at your thermostat and it will continue to run regardless, this is a sure sign you have heating issues and will need someone to repair it. Your heating unit should turn off within five minutes of you setting the control to the off position at the thermostat.
If you have an unusual burning smell coming out of your registers or if the fan comes on and off sporadically, then you will know that you have problems with your heating unit.