As the weather slowly but surely warms up, it’s almost time to begin using our air conditioners. But this doesn’t mean that if something is amiss with your heater, it can wait until the next heating season. In fact, delaying your Evanston, IL heating repair needs can actually do more harm than good.
Unfortunately, ignoring repair needs can be detrimental to your heating system, no matter how late in the season it may be. Just because you aren’t using your heater on a regular basis anymore doesn’t mean you can just let the issue go.
What Type of Late Season Repairs Can Crop Up?
In order to know when you should schedule repairs, you need to be aware that a problem even exists. If your heater is displaying one of the following symptoms, it’s time to give our professionals a call.
- It is making banging, groaning, or whining noises.
- It’s not efficiently heating your living space even when the thermostat is turned up.
- Your utility bills are higher than average, despite comparable use to last year.
- Your gas-powered furnace pilot light is burning yellow
- The furnace struggles to turn on or stay on.
- It keeps running without shutting off.
What Causes These Heater Issues?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to heating system malfunction or failure. In fact, the problem might not be with the heating system at all. It may be with the thermostat. But even if it’s not a problem with your actual system, it shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, thermostat troubles warrant a repair visit even more, give that this is what controls your air conditioner as well.
Other potential heating repairs may be needed due to breached air ducts, clogged air filters, or an electrical or mechanical fault within the heater. Neglecting these problems can allow them to worsen, so it’s best to tackle them as soon as they crop up. This could be the difference between a small repair now and a much larger and costlier emergency during the next heating season.
How to Avoid Heating Repairs
Of course, in an ideal world, you’d never need to have repairs done on your heater—but this is not realistic. Not every problem can be prevented. There are, however, ways to reduce your heating repair risks, by scheduling a professional tune-up once a year (twice, if you’re using a heat pump).
During your professional maintenance visit, our technicians will fully inspect and clean your heater, making adjustments to the system as needed. It’s at this time we can alert you to any small repair needs, so you can take care of them sooner rather than later. This will ensure that your heater continues to function as effectively and efficiently as it should, for as long as it should.
And don’t underestimate the power of a clean heater. Over the years dust and debris settle on the coils and other components of your heating system, decreasing its efficiency. This emphasizes the need for annual or bi-annual system maintenance. Overall, professional tune-ups help you avoid future problems, or at least reduce their severity.
When you find yourself in need of heating services in the Chicagoland area, look no further than Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Reach out to our team today!