We are not alarmists, and we don’t drum up scares to boost our business — even if Halloween is just around the corner. That being said, though, ignoring trouble with your heating system doesn’t just put your safety at risk. It can also create a dangerous environment in your home. When it comes to heating repairs in Des Moines, IA, swift action is always in your best interest.
Now, you obviously don’t want to wait for your heating system to break down entirely before calling for repairs. You may not understand how it is that you are supposed to catch repair needs early on either, though. Here are a few tips to help you act fast and to prevent not only potentially serious damages to your heater but also threats to your safety.
Don’t Ignore Strange Sounds or Odors
My heater is making a strange sound and smells funny, but at least my home is warm. Well, not for long, we’re guessing. When it comes down to it, anything out of the ordinary with your heating system is probably a sign that repairs will be needed before long. Just because your heater is operational does not mean that it is operating properly, and you cannot afford to roll the dice with your system when the coldest weather of the year is upon us. From loud sounds to unusual odors, take any abnormalities as a warning sign that something is wrong.
Track Your Heating Costs
While you may ignore a strange sound as your heater starts up, few homeowners are likely to overlook a big spike in their utility costs. The more you use your heater, of course, the more you will pay for doing so. However, if you notice a big spike in the costs associated with heating your home, but cannot find a reason for it, it may be due to operational problems dragging down your heater’s efficiency.
Schedule Routine Heating Maintenance
You’ve seen us recommend this before, and you likely will again. When it comes to keeping a heating system — any heating system — working as efficiently, reliably, and safely as possible, nothing beats routine heating maintenance. Not only does a professional heating tune-up help to prevent problems from developing with your system, but it gives your heating technician a chance to catch and resolve any problems that are already in development.
Let Schaal Heating and Cooling handle your heating services.