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3 Signs Your Heater Is in Rough Shape

Heaters are designed to last your family for a long time, but not forever. It’s important to be aware of the signs that can indicate your heater is reaching the point that it needs repairs. This is the best way to keep it running for longer. 

If you notice any of the signs we are listing below, you need to go ahead and schedule heating services in Morton Grove, IL. You can keep reading to learn about three signs that can indicate your heater is not working at its best and desperately needs repairs.

Poor Airflow

Airflow coming from your heater can be negatively impacted in two different ways. The first is having a weak stream of airflow. If you hold your hand up to any air vent in your home, you should feel a strong stream of heated air coming out.

If your heater is on and the airflow feels weak, this is a red flag that something is preventing airflow from reaching your home. It could be a system malfunction with the blower or a blockage that is trapping heat inside the unit.

Uncomfortable Temperatures

The other problem is airflow that doesn’t feel hot. Your heater is blowing air into your home that mixes with cooler air to increase the temperature. Your heater can’t just blow warm air into your home, it has to blow hot air into your home to increase the temperature enough. 

If the air coming from vents doesn’t feel hot, something inside your heater is preventing it from heating the air enough. This can result in your heater working harder to try and increase the temperature in your home. It will continue running even though it can’t keep up with heating your home.

Unusual Noises

If your heater ever makes loud, alarming noises, then something is wrong inside of the system. Your heater is going to make some sounds as a part of its operation, but they should never be particularly loud or concerning. You will hear clicking at the beginning of a heating cycle or air moving through the vents. 

But if you begin to hear banging, booming, or screeching, something major is wrong inside of your heater. Loud noises usually point to large components being loose and either knocking or scraping inside of the heater. Booming is especially concerning if you have a gas heater because it can indicate faulty ignition.

Even clicking can be concerning if it continues on for longer than a few seconds at the beginning of the start-up. Persistent clicking can point to troubles with your heater turning on. Persistent rattling is another sound that shouldn’t be ignored. Even quieter sounds can be concerning sometimes. 

If you have doubts about whether or not a sound is concerning, give us a call. We can talk to you about what you’re hearing and help discern whether it is potentially dangerous or a part of regular operation.

Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule your heating service appointment as soon as possible.

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