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4 Signs Your Heating Might Need Repairs This Winter

You haven’t been trained in HVAC repair, so it’s no wonder you’re just not sure whether your system is in need of repair or replacement. There is one thing you do know for sure, though, and that’s that you don’t want to find it broken come a cold winter morning (or evening or ever). There are a few signs which indicate your HVAC is in need of repair, so keep your ears and eyes peeled for the following.

1. The Cold Wind Blows
When you put the heat on does it seem to be blowing only cold air? If you have a gas heater the first step is to ensure the pilot light is on. If it isn’t then you can re-light it. If it doesn’t stay on, though, there’s a bigger problem at play and repairs will be required.

You may also have an issue with the thermostat. It could be a simple settings issue where you can adjust the temperature and set it to heat. Or, it may be a system failure that requires repair.

2. Runs Constantly

If your heating system is working properly then it will turn itself off and start back up in regular cycles. When the temperature dips further this will likely happen even more frequently. Its job is to maintain the heat in the home at a particular temperature and it does what it needs to do to get that done. However, if it is constantly running it may indicate that there is an issue. The issue could be that it’s too small for your home, though it could also be a clogged filter or a ventilation issue.

3. No Wind Blows
The heater is on, it seems to be working, in fact, most of the rooms in the house are perfectly warm. Yet, a room or two seem to be freezing. The first step you can take here is to ensure there is air coming from the vents in those rooms. If it’s not (or it’s weak) check to make sure that it’s open. If it’s open and still receives no heat there it could be an issue with the system fan. It could also be a problem within the ductwork, such as a crack.

4. Odd Noises
If your heating system is suddenly making noises that you aren’t familiar with then there’s a good chance it’s in need of repair. If there are loud clangs or whistles and squeals then you should call a repair company as something is due to go wrong.

If your heating system is ten years old or more then there’s a good chance it will need to be replaced. The average lifespan is anywhere from ten to twenty years, but it will last much longer if you have it maintained regularly. If repairs have been frequent it’s time to buy a new one. You may also note rising energy bills – if this is the case then there’s definitely something wrong with your system and you should call in the professionals.

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Things You Need To Know About Heating Repair Costs

With winter bearing down on us quickly, the last thing you want to happen is for your furnace or heating system to fail before winter even starts. There are many ways that your heating system can fail in your home, and we all know that they usually break down at the most inopportune time, usually when it is freezing cold.

If your heating system was having issues last winter, it’s a very good idea to make repairs now, before it becomes too late, and your left struggling to find enough blankets to keep your family warm. The best kinds of repairs to make to a furnace or heating system are through preventative maintenance, for two main reasons. The first, is that routine maintenance can find issues that might be common, and repair them before it becomes urgent. The second is that emergency repairs are costly, and may create more costs when they fail.

There are many common repairs that don’t have to cost you a fortune to perform, however if you wait too long to get them done, it can allow your whole system to fail.

Repairs that are the most common for heating systems in New Jersey can include the following, and fortunately not all repairs will break the bank.Depending on the age and condition of your heating system, and what maintenance need doing, repairs may cost you anywhere from $50 to over $1000.

Clogged filter

When your furnace’s filters become clogged, the airflow becomes restricted. This can reduce the efficiency of your furnace, limiting the heat it can pump out into your home. Filter maintenance is one of the quickest jobs your heating specialists can perform, and one of the cheapest, however it should be done at least every 6 months to ensure your system continues to produce enough heat to operate. Average cost $30.

Faulty pilot light

There are many possible causes of a faulty pilot light in your furnace, from faulty or bad thermocouple to internal clogs or blockages. If your pilot light does not work, neither will your furnace. Sometimes these repairs may take a little longer to correct, depending on what the actual issue is, however they are usually a simple fix once the problem is found. Preventative or routine maintenance will help to stop your pilot light becoming faulty. Average cost less than $300

Blower Issues

Problems with your blower must be handled by a professional, as the most common cause is a faulty limit switch. It requires quite a bit of experience and knowledge to repair, so will usually be a costlier exercise than other repairs. Average cost between $100 and $1200.

Clogged burner

Clogged burners will stop your whole system from running, and are best repaired before they become a problem. Preventative maintenance again is the best option here, so ask your local heating specialist to run some checks when you have your system serviced before winter arrives. Average cost between $80 and $250.

Noisy Furnace

A noisy furnace is a solid indicator that there are some serious issues going on inside it. If your furnace is noisy, a mechanical failure could be burning a hole in your back pocket very soon.

It’s always a good idea to have your furnace serviced a month or two before winter to ensure it is running without issue when the cold hits. If you want to save money on what can be very expensive fixes, spend money on maintenance. Book your heating system specialists before it becomes an expensive exercise at the time you need it the least. Average price for annual maintenance check-up under $150.