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Signs Your Heater Is in Trouble

There’s no denying that winter is officially here, and our temperatures have already dropped to the point that we definitely need fully functioning heaters to get us through the coming months.

So when something goes wrong with your heating system, it can put you into a panic. Preventing large problems starts with scheduling routine heating system tune-ups once a year (or twice if you use a heat pump). However, even a well-cared for system can run into repair needs every now and then. How do you know, though, when it’s time to call for professional assistance?

Your Furnace Is Blowing Cold Air

If you have a furnace or other forced-air heating system and find that the air coming from it is not, well, heated, then you could have a big problem on your hands. Or it could simply be a thermostat mistake. Be sure to check that your thermostat is at the correct desired temperature and that it’s actually in heating mode (this is especially pertinent if you have a heat pump).

In the absence of a thermostat problem, cold air throughout the home or even in various locations of your living space usually indicates leaking ductwork or a faulty burner. It’s vital that you call a professional in right away to prevent further damages to your heating system.

Your Heater Shuts Down Too Quickly

Have you noticed that your heater starts up, begins heating, but then just shuts back down? This process is called short-cycling, when your heater rapidly turns on and off. It can actually be pretty damaging to your heater since it’s forcing the system to work harder than it should have to.

If you’ve always had this issue with your heater, then unfortunately it was likely never properly sized for your home. In this case, it’s going to be best that you replace the system. Otherwise, it could simply be a problem with a dirty air filter, or even a faulty flame sensor or thermocouple.

For furnace repairs or replacement in Winnetka, IL, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today.

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