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Posted Thursday, October 8, 2015.
Fall is here, so heating season is right around the corner. If you haven’t already, you’ll likely want to make sure your heating system is in safe working order so you know you’ll have heat when you need it. Once it’s turned on, keep the following warning signs in mind.
Excessive or strange noise from your heating system. All heating systems make some level of noise, and you’re probably familiar with the typical hums, pings, and occasional clangs your particular system makes. But if these familiar noises happen more and more frequently, or grow louder, or if you begin to hear new noises, your system may be under extra stress or malfunctioning.
A spike in heating costs that don’t correspond to an increase in your provider’s rates. A system that is running inefficiently will be burning more fuel in order to keep your home comfortable. With the low temperatures we experience in the cold season, every decrease in heating efficiency can cost you significant money over the course of the winter. Examine your bill to see if your gas usage has gone up. If you heat your home using oil, keep track of your usage to see if you’re burning more than you should be.
A yellow pilot light on a gas heating system indicates a poor air/gas mixture. Not only will this be inefficient when it comes to heating your home, but it may an indicator of other underlying problems.
Ineffective heating is the biggest and most obvious sign of heating system troubles. If some areas of your home get hot but others don’t, or cranking up the dial doesn’t even get your home close to warm, there’s a problem. The issue may be in the burner itself, or with the delivery system (your ducts, pipes, radiators, etc) that delivers the heat to the areas of your home. A professional inspection can pinpoint the issue and provide recommendations on how to fix it.
It’s almost time to turn the heat on, and when you do, keep your eyes and ears open for these signs of heating system issues. If you experience any of these trouble signs, call Nazzaro & Sons Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for fast, friendly, professional heating service. We’ve been helping our neighbors stay comfortable for years, and would love to help you, too. Call us today at 978-256-3586, or contact us online.