Do you need to call an HVAC contractor for a heating repair? Your heater may turn on and air seems like it's coming from the vents, but your home isn't as warm, the utility bills are sky-high, and the thermostat's reading doesn't seem right. If you're not sure whether these are red flags or if you should wait to contact the contractor, take a look at the questions to ask right now.
Does Your Home Have Air Leaks?
Your heater should work even when the mercury dips down to low levels. But this doesn't mean the interior environment will feel (or even get) as warm as you might expect—especially if your home is poorly insulated or has air leaks.
Air can leak through older, single-pane, or inefficient windows. Gaps in window frames, door frames, under entry doors, in siding, or in the attic/basement spaces can also cause air leaks. These leaks or lack of insulation allow the bitter outdoor air in and the heated indoor air out. Even a high-quality furnace may not offset the temperature differences that air leaks or lack of insulation can cause.
If you think your furnace's issues are the result of air leaks or heat transfer (through uninsulated walls and other interior spaces), you will need to address the primary problem. This means you may need to replace windows, upgrade entry doors, or add insulation. Along with these steps, you may also need to contact an HVAC contractor for an energy audit. This professional assessment can help to spot leaks and diagnose potential heating system failures.
Is the Heater Always On?
A furnace may turn on more often during the coldest days of the year. But your system shouldn't stay on 24/7. If your heater never turns off, won't reach the temperature you set on the thermostat, or turns on and off repeatedly, call a professional for an inspection and HVAC servicing.
Did Your Energy Bills Increase?
The cost of heating fuel varies by region and season. The economy's impact on the price of natural gas, electricity, and other heating fuels may add to your utility bills. If there isn't a current nationwide or global surge in fuel prices and your costs have suddenly skyrocketed, contact an HVAC professional. The U.S. Department of Energy notes that residential utility costs make up nearly 29 percent of the average home's utility bill. If your costs are significantly higher, your heater may have wear and tear, damage, or another issue that will require a professional heating system repair.
For more information, contact a heating repair service near you.