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Yes, These Signs Indicate You Need Heater Repair

technician fixing heaterWinter is right around the corner, and while that doesn’t mean as much for us as it does homeowners in other states—such as on the east coast—it does mean that chillier temperatures are on their way. You’ll want a fully functional and efficient heater on your side when those cold days hit! So now is the perfect time to check your San Antonio, TX heating system for any signs of trouble.

The best way to do this is to ensure that you have maintenance scheduled before winter hits. But there are also some common signs you can watch out for that indicate you need heater repairs, regardless of whether or not you already had maintenance done. Remember, diagnosing and fixing a heating system is something that should be left to the pros. But we’ve listed below the signs that you should give us a call. OR you can skip straight to scheduling a service or requesting an estimate!

You Hear Odd Noises from Your System

We’re talking about anything you don’t normally associate with the sounds your heating system makes during operation. This can include humming, banging, rattling, groaning, and buzzing. In many cases, the sounds will start and stop with the starting and stopping of the furnace itself.

Low Heat Output

You’ll likely know right away that you have a problem if the air blowing through your vents is cool. The same holds true for air that is warm, but not quite as warm as you expect. This means your heater has to work even harder to reach your desired temperature, which is inefficient and will end up costing you much more than it should.

Low Airflow

So what if you’re receiving heat, but the system doesn’t seem to be blowing as powerfully as it should? This can be caused by a problem with the fan or even a blockage in the system that’s lowering the flow of air through your ductwork, making it hard for your forced-air heater to do its job.

Short-Cycling

This describes the process in which your furnace system shuts off and on again rapidly. Because your fan motor and other components use a lot more energy starting and stopping than they do during operation, short-cycling is a big problem.

Not Starting

This can be a big problem, especially if we’re talking about a gas-powered furnace. This is often indicative of some type of safety issue. You might be dealing with a gas leak, a faulty ignition, or some other similar issue that constitutes a threat. To ensure your safety and to stave off further problems, it’s important that you give us a call right away if your heater doesn’t start.

Not Stopping

There can be a few different things going on in this case. You may have your thermostat set too high, meaning your heater cannot possibly meet the desired temperature—like if you want it to get up to 80° on a 50° evening. It could also be that your thermostat is miscalibrated and not communicating to your heater that the temperature has been met and it can shut off. Whatever the case, it can quickly lead to your discomfort and warrants a call to our professionals.

Contact Riteway Service Company today for reliable heating services!

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