Winters tend to be cold and dry in Albuquerque, and that means your heating system needs to run reliably every day in order to keep your family warm and comfortable. That’s far more than a luxury in the colder months around here, and the last thing you need is a sudden loss of heating power just when the thermometer drops below freezing.
Unless you have the proper training and licensing, you should never attempt to diagnose or repair a heating system yourself. Heaters feature delicate components that can be easily broken, and may leak gas or create other safety hazards if people tinker with them without the proper skills. Just because you shouldn’t try to pinpoint the source of a problem, however, doesn’t mean you can’t spot the signs of a problem. Anything that doesn’t correspond to your heater’s regular ability to function should be interpreted as a sign that there’s something wrong. More specifically, any of the following three signs is cause for concern.
1. Low Air Flow
Low air flow can be caused by a clog in the ducts (possibly a clogged filter) or by problems with the fan mechanism (possibly the fan motor itself). It’s a problem for two reasons. First, it forces the heater to work much harder to do its job, which raises both the monthly rate of operating the system and the strain on individual components (elevating the chances of a breakdown). More importantly, it keeps hot air trapped in the furnace, which in turn can cause individual components to overheat. Most modern units have safety features to prevent that from happening by shutting the system down. It protects the components, but still leaves you unable to run the heater until the issue is addressed.
2. Low Heat Levels
If you turn on your heater and only cool air comes out of your vents, you can probably tell that there’s a problem. But the same thing holds true for air that is warm, but not as warm as you think it should be. That can stem from a number of possible issues, from clogged burners to breaches in the ducts, but regardless of the source, the issue will force your heater to work far harder than it should to do its job. Costs will go up and your home won’t feel quite as comfortable either.
3. Strange Noises
Over time, you’ve likely become very accustomed to the sounds your heater makes. If that changes and you spot odd sounds coming from it — anything from whirs and bangs to hums and whistles – it probably indicates a significant problem. In most cases, the strange sound will start and stop with the starting and the stopping of the heating system. It will also usually be situated in the furnace itself, though problems with the ducts can make sounds from almost anywhere in the house.
If you spot these signs of trouble in your Albuquerque, NM home, call for quality heating repair from the friendly professionals at Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain.