Well, the Fall is here, which means it’s time to consider any heating repair that may need to be done before Winter rolls in. There are some basic maintenance procedures that can be done on your own (changing the air filter, checking the pilot light and the belts, insuring there are no leaks, etc.). However, here are some things that call for a heating repair professional:
Fall Heating Repair Guide
1. Soot Deposits
If you think soot only sticks around fire places, think again! That fine, black powdery dirt collects after combustion and can be a signed that you have a cracked heat exchanger. You may also need a new heat exchanger all together! Or, your burners may need adjusting. If there is soot around your heater, call for professional heating repair.
2. Short Cycles
If you furnace is turning on for three minutes, off for three minutes, on for three minutes, off for three minutes, it has irked it’s way into a cycle called short cycling. If the thermostat is broken or out of adjustment, this can happen, so check your thermostat first. Otherwise, your heat exchanger may be overheating, causing the burner to turn off automatically (which is a good thing, when it happens once in awhile). If your unit is short cycling, you will waste an incredible amount of energy and not find the goal of heating your home and / or water.
3. Noises, Clanging, Rumbling, etc.
If you hear odd noises, rumbling, clanging, or popping, call the heating repair professional. That is, if you have forced air heating. A hot water heating system, or a steam heating system may make those noises regularly, especially during the beginning of the heating season. Still, if the noises are a surprise to you or cause of concern, check with a professional to be sure you know what you’re dealing with, well before the winter cold freezes you over!
4. Flame Irregularity
Your burners may be dirty or you may have a cracked heat exchanger if the flames on your furnace are irregular. That means they are not lined up in the even rows they typically would be. If they lean toward the back of the unit or are uneven, call a pro!
5. Chronic Illness
I bet you may not have considered that your heating system may be causing those flu-like symptoms and headaches. If you suffer these ailments and can’t seem to find the cause, consider calling a heating repair professional, just to check in. Combustion gases or carbon monoxide from your exhaust stack or heat exchanger could be causing your body to be in defense mode.