When the temperatures plunge and the snow starts to pile up, you need a functioning heater. If your unit isn’t properly warming your home, or worse – if it’s blowing cold air — you need TR Miller Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s heating services. As a third-generation, family-owned company, we strive to keep our neighbors warm and safe in the winter months. Call us today for service in the Naperville, IL area.

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How to Know When Your Heater Needs to Be Repaired

When winter hits, you want to know you can seek warmth in your home. If your heater is malfunctioning and cannot properly warm your house, it can put your health and your property at risk. To avoid this, it’s important to be able to detect the first signs of a possible problem with your unit. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call a service company right away:

  • Your home isn’t warming to the desired temperature.
  • You have uneven heating throughout your home, resulting in hot and cold spots.
  • You hear loud or strange noises coming from your system.
  • You notice an increase in your monthly bills — without an increase in usage.
  • You experience thermostat issues where the temperature doesn’t match the temperature of your home.
  • You have leaks in your ductwork.

Routine Maintenance Visits: What You Can Expect

To keep your heater running properly you should have it inspected by a service company at least once a year – typically in the late spring or early fall. During a tune-up, you can expect a contractor to do the following while inspecting your unit:

  • Shut off power: He or she will do this for the safety of everyone in the house.
  • Check inner components: A contractor will check all of the unit’s inner components to ensure they are working properly.
  • Replace parts: If a contractor sees worn out parts or belts during his or her inspection he or she will likely ask you if you’d like to replace them now instead of risking them malfunctioning later.

When you need a furnace installation, call TR Miller Heating, Cooling & Plumbing! Our contractors will help you select a unit and use their expertise to install it.

Ways a Malfunctioning Unit Can Affect Your Home

When your heater malfunctions, you may expect to endure uncomfortably cold living conditions until it’s repaired by a contractor. There are also other ways a broken heater can affect your home. These can include:

  • Risk of illness: Certain issues with your unit – including a carbon monoxide leak – can put your family’s health at risk. The cold temperatures in your home can also impact your health.
  • Reduced indoor air quality: Working units can help remove dust, debris, and other particles from the air in your home. Without a functioning unit, these particles can be left in the air.
  • Risk of fire: You unit can pose a fire risk if there is an issue with your system that can potentially cause it to overheat.
  • Higher utility bills: A malfunctioning unit is not as efficient as a working one, which can result in more energy usage and a higher utility bill.