6 Signs That You Should Get Your Heater Checked Out
Have cooler nights forced you to reach for the thermostat? If you’re running your heater—or considering turning it on to deal with lower nighttime temperatures—keep an eye (or ear) out for the following signs that you should get your heater checked out.
And if you haven’t yet flipped the switch, be sure to replace your air filter and call Air Woodlands to inspect your gas heater.
LOTS OF DUST
Does your unit seem to be kicking out dust? Are you noticing that the vents are getting dusty? If you haven’t already changed your air filter, do so immediately! When the air filter gets clogged with dust, pet hair, and dander it’s not able to do its job efficiently and filter such particles. It’s important to replace your filter as per your HVAC manufacturer’s suggestion. If you have pets, consider swapping out your air filter monthly. Replacing your air filter is an easy maintenance task that shouldn’t be neglected. Failing to change the filter on a regular basis could lead to damage to your unit.
Does your unit make a weird banging noise when it runs? Does it sound like a component is grinding against another or is it making a strange screeching sound? Any of these noises should be cause for alarm and may be caused by loose, worn out, or broken components. Turn off the heater and refrain from running it until it’s checked out by a skilled HVAC tech.
When you first turn your heater on this season, it probably won’t smell great. Most of us are used to that momentary smell that fills the air. However, if your heater continues to give off an odor, you may have an issue. If it smells like something is burning, turn off your system—there may be an electrical issue. Musty odors may be a sign of mold growth, which, thanks to Texas's humidity, can occur in vents and ductwork. Once you have your unit checked out by a HVAC tech they will be able to tell you the best way to address your issue.
Ah, it’s nice and toasty and then… wait, it feels cooler and cooler, but then it’s hot again. If you’re perceiving temperature fluctuations while your heater is running, or if it is constantly running or quickly cycling, you should have your unit looked at to ensure it is working properly. Turn it off to minimize damage by any malfunctioning components and call Air Woodlands .
IT’S NOT GETTING WARMER
If you’re running your heat and you can’t tell the difference, there’s a problem. First, check that your unit is receiving power—make sure your circuit breakers haven’t been switched and that the power switch is on. If it’s still not working or still not Heating, call Air Woodlands A/C & Heating.
HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS
Is your utility bill higher than it typically is during this time of year (after taking into account the rising cost of electricity or gas)? If you’ve seen a large spike in your bill after turning on your heat that doesn’t seem to equate with how often your heater has been running, it may be that your heater isn’t running efficiently.
If you’re experiencing one of these problems, call Air Woodlands A/C & Heating today! We are Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to improver your comfort, safety and peace of mind. (281) 367-8135