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5 Indicators Your Heater Is Hurting


You’re starting to use your heating system more and more. This should be increasing your comfort but what if all you are noticing is how little comfort you’re getting? You are running your heater a reasonable amount but it doesn’t seem to be making a dent in your home temperature. Something is definitely off.

If this sounds familiar, you have every right to be concerned. Chances are high that something is amiss within your heating system. When issues like this pop up, it means it is time to call in the professionals. A trained technician can identify the source of the problem and address it in a timely manner.

Here are some other indicators that you should be on the lookout for too

5 Signs That Something Is Wrong With Your Heater

The key to addressing your heater’s repair needs it catching them before they start to impede your comfort, if at all possible. That’s why you should learn about the other warning signs a struggling heater might create. These include:

  1. The energy bills are increasing. You are running your heater so your energy bill is going up. This sounds normal at first until you notice that it really seems to be increasing far beyond what is the norm. Your heater use hasn’t changed. What likely has changed is how much your heater is having to fight to get the job done.
  2. You are hearing odd noises. One of the many ways we can determine something is wrong with a heater system is to listen to it. You know what your heater sounds like normally, so when you pick up on sounds that are outside of that norm, such as screeching, rattling, banging, or hissing, it is worthwhile to get your system checked.
  3. Something smells off. When you run your heater for the first time, you might notice a slight scent of burning dust at first. Beyond this, smells like burning wires or even the “dirty sock smell” warrant a call to a professional. These unpleasant scents indicate trouble.
  4. Airflow is weaker than before. When you go into different rooms in your home, do you notice that the flow of air seems weaker in some areas? This may indicate problems in any number of areas in your heater. The ultimate result to discovering this should be to schedule repairs.
  5. The heater isn’t cycling normally. You should get predictable and familiar heating cycles from your system. This means heating cycles averaging around 15 minutes before the system shuts off. If you are noticing your system is short cycling, meaining it only runs a few brief minutes before shutting down, or never stopping its heating cycle, it means it needs repairs.

When something is amiss with your heater, whether it is a heat pump or furnace, you should schedule expert repairs promptly. Service from a professional will get your system back into optimal working order again and ensure it gets the longest possible lifespan.

Schedule an appointment with McDaniel Service, Inc for all of your Springfield, VA HVAC services. Service is our middle name.

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