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Three Heater Malfunction Signs To Fix Before Winter

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Get the Heater Fixed Before the Cold Hits

A home without a properly working heater in the winter is considered a dangerous home. The winter months are cold and often brutal as well. That is why it's crucial to have an efficient heater to keep the family safe and warm all winter long. However, the heater likely hasn't been on since last winter, so it is common to experience a few problems after a period of no use. Regardless, the sooner homeowners have their heater serviced and repaired, the more money they end up saving in the long run. The three signs below are the most common that the heater in the home is malfunctioning. Some are more serious than others, but they all should be treated as a top priority before the weather gets any colder. Continue reading to learn more.  

Is the Heater Blowing Cold Air?

Perhaps one of the easiest signs to spot is if the heater only blows cold air. This is obviously the exact opposite of what it's supposed to do, so it is more likely to be noticed right off the bat. 

The most common reason behind why a heater blows cold air is a clogged air filter. When the air filter doesn't get changed as often as it should, it causes the heater to overheat. To protect itself and everyone in the home, it shuts off at a certain point to keep from catching on fire. 

It is recommended to have the air filters changed once every few months to keep from overworking the HVAC system. If there are pets in the home, the homeowner may have to replace the air filter more often. 

Hearing Strange Noises In the Night?

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Another major sign that the heater is malfunctioning is making a lot of unusual sounds. For the most part, heaters are silent. So if the homeowner can audibly hear the heater banging or screeching, it is time to have a professional look at it. 

A few common reasons the heater starts to make unusual noises are: 

  • It has a cracked belt that needs to be replaced
  • The bearings need to be replaced
  • There's a delayed gas ignition

Most importantly, when the heater starts to make loud banging noises, it is probably safer to leave the unit off until a professional arrives. These noises are warning signs and shouldn't be taken lightly. Homeowners should always call a professional before the problem quickly becomes worse. 

Is the Pilot Light Yellow?

The pilot light is arguably the most important component of a furnace. When the flame is noticeably yellow or orange, it is a clear indication that it's being starved of oxygen. This problem is fixed when the gas is reduced or an opening is created to provide more oxygen. 

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It might not seem like a huge deal initially, but a yellow pilot light can turn dangerous rather quickly. It can cause a carbon monoxide leak into the home, leading to carbon monoxide poisoning in all of the household members. 

Conway Comfort Heating & Cooling Works Hard for Their Customers

The experts at Conway Comfort Heating & Cooling know how dangerous it can be when a heater stops working in the middle of a New Jersey winter. That is why it is so important for homeowners to have theirs serviced before the cold weather hits. Call today to schedule top-quality heater repair in East Windsor, NJ.