Notice these issues? You might have a problem
Winter in Ohio is upon us, and the last thing you want in the world is a broken heater. Regardless of the heating unit that you have in your home, any issues aren’t going to be easy to fix without an HVAC technician. And, during the winter, a broken unit isn’t an option because one can not only make the home uncomfortable, but it can also cause more severe damages within the home, like frozen pipes. Ken’s Heating and Air Conditioning specializes in heating repair and, before winter settles in, we wanted to provide you with some of the tell tale signs that your heater needs repair.
It’s not blowing hot air
Surprise! Your vents should be pushing out hot air when your heater is on and if it isn’t, something is probably wrong. There are a few instigators that could be the cause of this cold air, one of which is simply an overused air filter. Filters are meant to catch dust and dirt in the air before it goes through the unit; if the filter is saturated with dust, then air is going to have difficulty passing through. Luckily, if this is the issue, then you could simply change the filter yourself, no HVAC technician required!
Another issue that isn’t really is an issue is that the air is warm, it just doesn’t feel like it. Heaters can only work so hard, and if the air outside and in the home is frigid, then then your unit can only do so much in terms of warming it up. So, while the air may not feel that hot, it doesn’t always mean your heater is malfunctioning.
If the previous two bits didn’t provide a solution, then chances are, there is something wrong with your heater. Luckily, we here at Ken’s Heating and Air Conditioning are experienced in quick diagnoses and fixes; we can provide you a solution in a heartbeat!
Your energy bill is suddenly very high
If your energy bill sustains a sudden spike in costs and you can’t attribute it to your roommate turning the thermostat up to 76 degrees and keeping it on high for several hours a day—we’ve all been there—then an issue might be at hand. Most heaters, unless you’re adjusting the temperature often, shouldn’t be using various levels of fuel. A high energy bill indicates that your heater is using more fuel or electricity than usual, and that’s a tell-tale sign that you have a problem. When fixing heaters, we’ll usually suggest a repair or replacement, but for heaters that are sucking up energy, we’ll often advise a replacement. Luckily, most newer heating models are way more efficient than their older counterparts, so the cost of a replacement will eventually level out.
Something is leaking
Some heaters use the same refrigerant system as air conditioners. For both air conditioners and heaters, if water is leaking out, then there is something wrong with the refrigeration tools that treat the air. This is normally a quick fix as long as you call a professional. However, most problems associated with broken heaters aren’t something that an amateur can assess, so it’s best to call a professional.
There is a funky smell
The good news is that, more often than not, when you smell something funky coming from your unit, there isn’t a problem. If you haven’t used your heater in a while, then the dust and particles that have been settling in there throughout the warm months are just being pushed out along with the air. Usually, if you wait a little bit and use it enough, the smell will go away. However, if the smell does not go away, then you might have an issue. You can try dusting off the exterior of the heater, but if that doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals.
Hopefully, nothing bad will happen to your heater this winter. If you regularly have it inspected and do your best to take special care of it, then the chances of it suddenly breaking down are low. Ken’s Heating and Air Conditioning offers both heater repair and maintenance. Contact us today if you’re in need of either!