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How to Know if You Need Heating Repair


As a homeowner, you want to stay ahead of any repairs to your home appliances. When you’re ahead of repairs, that means you can avoid system breakdowns and this is especially important for your heater. It can be a major inconvenience to come home one day and realize that your heater broke down at some point while you were away.

But when you know how to identify the signs that your heater is in need of repair, you can give us a call ahead of a breakdown and address repair needs early. If you suspect that you need a heating repair in Plymouth, MN, our team is here to help. You can keep reading to learn more about the signs that you need to watch for. 

Bad Smells

Your heater should be blowing neutral-smelling air back into your house. The air filter helps to remove dust and dirt, so there should not be any odors that come along with your heated air. If anything, the air should be a little cleaner than when it enters your system. If you notice an unusual smell when your heater kicks on and begins blowing warm air, that’s a problem.

A burning smell can indicate that something inside your heater is going wrong. It may be that there is too much gas around the burner causing the smell, or an electrical short. Either way, it’s a dangerous problem to ignore. If the smell is musty, that’s a sign of mold and mildew growth. This can also be very dangerous for your family’s health, so you want to get your heater checked out right away.

Energy Usage

Your energy use fluctuates from month to month, but you should never see it increasing steadily over time without ceasing. A sudden spike in your energy bill is also a problem. You have a lot of appliances in your home that use the same utilities as your heater, but your heater is the largest and most demanding appliance. 

Seeing increases in your energy bill may be because of your heater. It’s better to be safe and get your heater checked out. Otherwise, you could see even larger increases in the coming month or next heating season. And by then, the problem, maybe even larger and more expensive than if you’d addressed it sooner.

Temperature Discrepancies

If your home doesn’t feel quite as warm as you expect it to, you may want to purchase a room thermometer and compare it to the reading on your thermostat. If they don’t match up, there may be a problem with your heater. Of course, that problem could also be with your thermostat not being calibrated correctly. In this case, your thermostat may need to be reset or replaced.

Loud Noises

Your heater is not completely silent, but it also should not be loud or alarming. If your furnace begins to make obnoxious noises, that’s a sign that something major is wrong. Whether the noise happens once, or persistently, you should get your system checked out. 

Contact Comfort Matters Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. With you through THE HIGHS & LOWS!

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