5 Signs That Your Heating System Needs Repairs

signs that heat system needs repairSpring has officially arrived, but here in the Northeast, we know that winter weather is still a possibility at any time until mid-April. That means that we will still be using our home heating systems for another few weeks minimum until we switch on our air conditioning. This particular winter was cold and snowy, and as a result, your heating system might require repair. Here are a few common issues and what they might signify.
 

How Do I Know If I Need Heating System Repairs?

  1. Your utility bills are higher
  2. Does it seem that you are using more oil than you have in the past or that you are paying more for your natural gas than in previous months? Compare your heating energy bills of earlier months or last year’s bills. While many residents can blame higher energy costs on working from home, that justification only goes so far. It could be a sign that your heating system isn’t running at its maximum efficiency and is wasting fuel. 

  3. Odd smells and noises
  4. Is your furnace or boiler making weird sounds when it’s operating? Are there strange smells coming from the unit while it’s running? Such signs indicate that your heating system needs immediate attention. While some smells could be harmless, the last thing that you want to discover is a carbon monoxide leak which is potentially lethal.

  5. Your home doesn’t get as warm
  6. If you usually set your home’s temperature at 68 degrees and it just doesn’t feel as warm, it could be because your heating system components are dirty or need replacement if it’s worn out. A qualified technician can clean your heat pump, oil burner, or air handling unit’s internal components to improve efficiency or replace an older part. If your system is overworking due to a component breakdown, this can lead to widespread system failure. 

  7. Constantly running or restarting
  8. Does it seem like your heating system is continuously on or is frequently restarting, a practice known as short-cycling? A broken component, such as a temperature sensor, could be malfunctioning and preventing the system from regulating its operation. A system that is constantly running or restarting will cause equipment to overheat, overwork, and require frequent replacement or repair. 

  9. More dust than usual
  10. If you notice a thin layer of dust on surfaces near your air vents, this could be symptomatic of issues including dirty air filters or a higher amount of waste byproducts coming from your furnace. While air filters are inexpensive and easy to change, tracing the source of high waste byproducts could take time and indicate more severe equipment issues.

Oil Burner Maintenance and Repair Service

 
Whether or not your heating system needs repair, you should get an inspection once or twice a year to check for possible issues. When it’s time to get your heating system checked and repaired, call the experts at Tragar Express. We offer a full range of professional repair services for oil heat and gas heat systems. Our parent company, Tragar Home Services, has been serving Nassau County and Suffolk County residents for more than 60 years with our guaranteed 5-star customer service. For information about heating system upgrades or schedule a COD oil delivery, call Tragar Express today at (516) 221-2559. You can also email us info@tragarexpress.com.