Have you been having heating problems this winter? You're not alone. Even though a high-quality furnace can get you through years of cold winters, these hard-working machines aren't invincible and do need occasional care — just like you sometimes need to go to a doctor. Here are some of the most common problems and how to stop them.
Inconsistent Heat Throughout Your Home
Having inconsistent heating in your home has three potential causes. First, your furnace may not be putting out enough air. This could be due to a dirty, blocked, or malfunctioning blower fan that you need to schedule a repair for.
Next, you could have a problem in your ducts. Leaks or pinched ducts could be allowing hot air to escape out into your attic or blocking it from entering your home. Fixing your ducts will restore full, even heating.
Third, the problem could be in the cold room itself. This might be due to poor insulation or drafty windows or doors. You might check for these small problems on your own before you schedule a furnace repair.
Increasing Energy Bills
The fact that your electric or gas bill rates go up every year could hide the fact that you're using more energy. Don't just accept increased costs as part of a higher rate.
Check your actual usage from year to year. Many utility companies also include average temperatures so you can see if changes were due to the weather.
If you have unexplained spikes in your winter utility costs, your heating system could be to blame. Common problems like dirty air filters or dusty heating coils can reduce efficiency and increase your costs. Small, unnoticeable mechanical problems could also be reducing your efficiency. To stop these problems from costing you money, schedule an annual cleaning and inspection.
Constant Need For Repairs
Is your heating system constantly needing repairs other than basic cleaning and filter replacements? Its age could be getting to it.
Although paying for a repair is usually cheaper than a new furnace, constant repairs keep adding up. Further, the repairs may only get you another season or two of heating when you could be using them for a down payment on a new system that will last a decade or longer.
Finally, don't forget to take efficiency into account. Even if your old heating system is working at its best, efficiency improvements could mean a new system will pay for itself in lower energy costs.
To learn more or to schedule a repair, contact a local heating contractor today.