Pennsylvania winters can be very harsh and brutally cold, making you appreciate your home’s heating system. However, your system can experience a malfunction at any moment, not giving you advanced notice and leaving you and your family stuck in the cold. Not only could an out-of-service heating system leave your family bundling up in extra layers, but it could also result in additional and more costly problems, such as broken pipes, if it is not addressed and resolved quickly.
Read about the most common heating system problems below and preventative measures you can take to ensure that you and your family can enjoy a warm and comfortable winter.
Thermostat Controls Aren’t Working Properly
Thermostats make adjusting your home’s temperature as easy as a click of a button, but if the controls are not working properly, you can be left with a huge inconvenience. The solution may be as simple as changing the batteries or it could be as serious as a result of a faulty wire.
If you are unable to get your thermostat to adjust your home to the correct temperature after looking into the settings and replacing the batteries, give us a call.
Odd Smells Coming From the Furnace
An odd smell coming from your furnace can have a number of causes, but none should be ignored. If your furnace has mold growth or a build-up of dust inside, it can give off a foul smell and should be cleaned by professionals immediately. If you smell a metallic odor, the burning of plastic, or spilled fuel, there may be a problem with the electrical components or burners and you will need to call The Plumbing Works for an inspection and diagnosis.
If at any point you smell rotten eggs coming from your heating system, you should evacuate your home immediately and call 911 as it may be a sign of a dangerous gas leak.
Heating System Won’t Turn On
If your home is not getting heat at all, check to make sure there is still power running to your furnace and a breaker isn’t tripped. You’ll also want to check to see if the pilot light and electronic igniter are working properly. If the pilot is not, there may not be any fuel getting there. If you can not find an obvious cause or solution, pass the job on to us.
Your heating system may need to be replaced if it is more than 10 years old, requires frequent repairs, has caused your energy bill to spike, and makes loud noises, but our team will help you make the right decision for you and choose energy efficient products if you decide to take that path.
Heat is Not Reaching All Areas of the Home
If you know your heating system is working properly, however heat is not traveling throughout the whole home as it should, it could be a problem with the ductwork, system’s parts, or a dirty air filter. You may be able to change the filter yourself, or you may want to schedule a professional cleaning to ensure your air quality is not negatively affected. If it is a more serious cause such as failing bearings, belts and fan motors, call The Plumbing Works for service you can count on.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
One of the easiest ways to prolong the lifespan of your heating system and prevent any problems is by scheduling regular maintenance. Our specialists will perform a full inspection and system tune-up routinely to help protect your family from unexpected and sometimes costly expenses of equipment breakdowns.
A tune-up from The Plumbing Works is designed to keep your system running at maximum efficiency, lowering energy costs and improving comfort, safety, and convenience for your family. We offer 24/7 emergency and same day service for when those unexpected heating problems arise. When you need us…we’ll be there!