During the cold months of winter, your home heating system works day and night to keep your family safe and comfortable. However, long-running hours can take a toll on your heating system and cause wear and tear. Sometimes, this can even bring damage to your heating system. Fortunately, spotting these signs of failure is easy if you know what to look for.
Unusually High Power Bills
Home heating systems use up a lot of energy, but if you notice an unusually high rise in your power bills, it could be a sign of a heater issue. This might be due to several reasons, including dirty air filters, clogged vents, faulty circuits, malfunctioning ignition systems, etc. Whatever the reason, you need to have your heating system looked at by professionals to avoid such high power bills in the following months.
Yellow Burner Flame
The burner gas flame of your home heating system must be blue at all times; blue flames are a sign of efficient gas burning. However, if the flame is yellow or orange, you should be concerned, as they are a sign of inefficient burning. Yellow flame, in particular, indicates a carbon monoxide leak, which is a highly toxic gas that is odourless and colourless.
Contact us as soon as you spot a yellow burner flame. Carbon monoxide can cause drastic health effects that begin with fever, dizziness, or nausea, but can end up in paralysis or death if not taken care of on time.
The strange noise coming from your heating room is not a ghost but a malfunctioning heating system. Such strange noises like rattles or bangs indicate a problem with bearings, blower assembly, or motor. When your heating system starts making such noises, you should address them as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your heating system.
Similarly, if you notice strange smells when you turn on your home heating system, it is a sign of heater malfunction. In most cases, odours are caused due to a dirty filter or vents that may only need a thorough cleaning. However, it can be a sign of ill-timed heating ignition or inefficient burning of the gas in some cases.
Compressor Running Constantly and Short Cycling
Compressor running constantly and short cycling are a sign of a serious underlying problem with your home heating system. Short cycling is a sign of overheating, where the heating system runs for some time and suddenly stops. On the other hand, if the compressor keeps running continually, it is a sign that the heater cannot heat your home adequately.
Home heating system issues may seem daunting, but it is easy to avoid major problems by taking care of small problems as soon as they occur. Don’t wait for your heating system to fail completely before addressing the problems. Contact Capital Plumbing now to have a safe and comfortable winter.