Most people across the country would scoff at a California winter, but living here in the Central Valley, we know how cold these desert nights can get. You really do need a good heater to make it through winter here. The worst thing that could happen to your home in winter is a big system breakdown that leaves you bundled up and shivering without heat for days on end.
We see so many breakdowns during this time of year because not all homeowners know the signs of trouble in a heating system. How are you supposed to tell if the problem you’re experiencing is minor or major? We don’t expect you to have HVAC expertise—that’s why we’re here. We’ve put together a short list of all the signs that you should call for heating repair in Visalia, CA. If anything on the list below applies to you, call us today.
This is a sign of heater malfunction that we really like to underscore because it’s so subtle. If you feel like you’re constantly dusting your home but there’s always more to clean then you probably have a deteriorating furnace. Excess dust in your home denotes a problem with the function of your heating system due to the air filter or ductwork. If you see this sign, it’s a great idea to call a professional team for service.
Short Cycling or Long Run Times
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “short cycling” it’s an HVAC industry term that describes the process of your heater starting, running for a short amount of time, stopping, and then starting again shortly after. Your heating system will do this because it’s unable to complete a full cycle. This process is extremely energy inefficient.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if your heating system seems to run for extended periods of time without stopping, you also have a problem that needs addressing from a professional.
When things start to go south with your heater, you might notice a subtle burning smell or just a stale odor in your home. If you notice foul odors like these, you might not immediately associate them with your heater, but take note of them and call a professional at your earliest convenience.
Do the noises coming from your heater startle you? This should never happen. If you’re hearing grinding, booming, or rattling noises coming from your system then you need to call a professional technician. Each noise typically denotes a different problem and the problem could be a minor quick fix like a loose part or it could be something on a grand scale like a broken motor. We can help you determine the source of the problem and fix the issue the right way the first time.
Put your hand up to a vent in your home. Notice that the air coming from it is more like a soft breath of air rather than a strong stream like it should be? This is a problem and it’s a sign that things are going haywire behind the scenes in your heating system. It’s more than likely due to blockages in your venting or problems with the blower in your heater.