If your heating system breaks down in the middle of winter it can require repair services. When you need help — fast — call TR Miller Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for heating and furnace repair services. A family-owned company, we proudly serve the Wheaton, IL area.
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Signs that Indicate Your Heating System Needs Repairs
Having your heater go out in the middle of winter is never a welcoming event. Fortunately, there are warning signs your unit can provide to tell you it needs repairs.
Some of these can include:
- Your house isn’t getting warmer — even when turning up the temperature on the thermostat.
- Heat isn’t being evenly distributed throughout your house. This can cause some rooms to be warmer than others.
- Your system suddenly starts to make loud or strange noises.
- Your monthly bills are increasing, even though you’re not using the unit any more than usual.
- Your thermostat is struggling to provide maximum climate control to your home.
- Your ductwork is leaking.
Common Problems With Heaters
When you encounter an issue with your heater you can call a service company to help fix the problem.
Fortunately, contractors are used to seeing issues – especially these more common problems:
- Uneven or inconsistent heating throughout your house. This can be noticeable through hot and cold spots, or rooms that are warmer than others.
- Your unit shuts down unexpectedly before the house reaches its desired temperature. Contractors will likely check the wiring, pilot light and thermostat to diagnose the issue.
- Your system takes a long time to heat your home. If it seems like it takes forever for your house to warm up — and not even turning up the temperature on the thermostat helps — a professional should examine your air ducts, fan motors, belts, and bearings to detect the problem.
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How to Maintain Your Furnace
To ensure your furnace works when you need it most in the middle of winter, it’s important to keep it well maintained.
Use these tips to keep your system functioning as expected all winter:
- Schedule a yearly inspection. This allows a contractor to give the unit a tune-up and look for any issues that could potentially cause a problem later on.
- Change the filters at least every three months to prevent dust, dirt, debris, and other particles from building up in the system.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm and have it inspected by a professional regularly. A carbon monoxide leak can be deadly to your family, so it’s critical to have a system to detect a leak.
- Clean the sensor and pilot with a wire brush and emery cloth. If the sensor is dirty it can prevent the unit from functioning properly.
- Check the ducts to look for any leaks.
- Inspect the motor to ensure it is properly lubricated.
- Examine the furnace chamber for any defects or issues.
- Clean the burners to enable more efficient burning.
- Check the “high limit” on the furnace to prevent overheating.
- Clean the area around the system.