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4 Signs Your Heater Needs Repair

Sometimes it’s hard to know if your heater is failing, if you’re just cold, or can’t quite find the right temperature. These tips will help you determine if something is wrong with your heater, and when you should call a technician.

1. Lack of Heat

If your home is not heating enough, there is likely a problem with your furnace. If you wake up to a cold house, try fiddling with the thermostat. Make sure the fan is set to auto and that the setting is set to warm. Also, check your circuit breaker to make sure a fuse wasn’t tripped.

If none of these issues bring the heat back, it’s time to call in an HVAC technician. It’s also cause for alarm if only individual rooms or sections of the house are receiving heat. There may be a problem with how your furnace distributes heat.

2. Yellow Pilot Light

When looking at your furnace’s burner, you should see a bright blue flame. This means the gas line and the furnace itself are working as intended. When the burner turns yellow, it could come from several causes, but it usually means that carbon monoxide is present. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and can be potentially fatal when exposed for too long.

If you notice the burner is yellow, turn off the furnace and call an HVAC technician immediately.

3. Short Cycling

Short cycling is when the furnace turns on and off, and on and off, and on and off, all within a very short amount of time. This happens when the heat exchanger overheats. The system will shut itself down, and when cool, start back up again.

The furnace won’t work correctly in this condition, so it requires examination by a technician.

4. Increase in Energy Bills

Though it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly energy costs come from, it is worth checking on your heater to make sure it isn’t constantly running. If it is, try replacing the filters. If it still runs all the time, have a technician take a look and diagnose the problem.

Heater Repair in Huntington

Notice something wrong with your heater? Contact the pros at Variable Comfort Solutions at (304) 986-4040 for prompt repair and professional service.