As we’re moving into the cold winter months, thoughts of eating comfort foods, spending time with family and basking in the holiday cheer are typically what’s on everyone’s minds. The last thing you’re probably thinking about is your heating system. A heating system that hasn’t been properly serviced in the past year or longer can be a cause for concern this winter because you run the risk of a possible heater failure. Winter is the perfect time of year to get your heater checked. The experts at Fosh Plumbing & Heating are sharing six signs your heating system may need to be repaired so you’re not left out in the cold this winter season.
Radiator Not Getting Hot
Probably the most obvious sign that there’s something wrong with your heater—it’s not producing heat. When your heater first kicks on, it’s normal for it to take some time to generate warmth, but if it persists, it’s definitely time to schedule a tune-up.
Unexpected Increase in Utility Bill
While it’s normal to see your utility bill inflate during the winter months, a sudden, unexpected bump could be a sign of a failing heating system. This could be due to several things, so your best option is to call the professionals at Fosh Plumbing & Heating so we can properly diagnose the issue and resolve it before you waste anymore money.
A Year or Longer Since the Last Service
If you’ve gone over a year without an inspection, it’s time to have your heating system checked. Routine maintenance of your heater can prevent unnecessary strain on your system, as well as avoid a full system breakdown.
Running Constantly or Short Cycling
If your heating system is continuously turning on and off or running constantly, these should be an indicator that something is not right with your system. These red flags can be due to several things like a clogged air filter, improper air circulation or problems with your thermostat. Call the highly trained technicians at Fosh Plumbing & Heating to get your system back up and running effectively.
Water Leaking or Pooling Around System
Unexpected water in your home is never a good sign. If your heater is leaking, it can cause mold, mildew or damage to the things around it. Take a minute to inspect the area surrounding your heating system to see if water is collecting anywhere, and if this is the case, call a professional immediately.
Strange Noises or Strong Smells
Bumps, bangs or screeches are noises your heater makes to alert you that something is not right. If you hear any of these sounds, power down your system and contact a heating technician immediately. If you smell a musty or foul rotten odor, it can be an indicator of mold in your system or a possible gas leak. If you suspect a leak, shut down your system, find the gas supply valve and turn it off. Call an experienced technician immediately and avoid using any open flames in your home until the problem has been diagnosed and repaired. Fosh Plumbing & Heating provides 24/7 emergency service, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at (610) 496-5700 in the event of an emergency!
At Fosh Plumbing & Heating in Springfield, PA, our experts have years of plumbing and heating experience. Our team of highly trained technicians have fixed, serviced and maintained countless heaters, providing quick and dependable services. No job is too big or too small and our always affordable pricing ensures our customer’s satisfaction is always being met. Contact us today for your free quote or to schedule an appointment for all your plumbing and heating needs!