The Triangle area may not get the huge, 8 foot-snowfalls seen in areas such as Buffalo or Wyoming, but that’s very little comfort when your heat isn’t working! The fall isn’t too early to take a careful look at your heating system to ensure that it’s in perfect working order before an ice storm hits Raleigh or Durham.
Benefits of preventative maintenance
It’s always important to have a regular maintenance inspection twice a year. By doing so, you avoid the possibility of having your heat fail during the coldest time of year.
Your heating professional will help you determine any red flags with your heating systems so you can avoid these common problems:
- Clogged filters
- Blockages or problems with heating ducts, including those under the crawl spaces.
- Thermostat issues – your heating technician will check it to be sure that it’s properly calibrated.
- Blocked house vents
- Dirty outdoor units
- Damaged valves and clogged nozzles
Signs you may have heating problems
If any of the following conditions apply to you, go ahead and contact your HVAC professional before the middle of winter. These issues hint that a larger problem may be around the bend.
Is your heating system around 10 – 15 years old?
Typically, you should consider replacing your HVAC unit after 10 to 15 years. If you have an older unit, consider the benefits of getting a more energy-efficient model.
Is your room unevenly heated?
This is one of the first signs that something isn’t right. If certain parts of the house seem hotter or colder than others, mention this to your HVAC professions.
Your home has humidity problems
This can be the result of everything from poor equipment operation to leaky ductwork. You don’t want your house to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer. If you’ve had problems with humidity in your home this summer, go ahead and call one of our professionals.
Your home has excessive dust
Dust bunnies seem to multiply almost as much as actual bunnies! Excessive dust is usually a sign of leaky ducts. Of course, inefficient ducts leads to inefficient heating, air, etc.
Your heating or cooling system is noisy
Bigger isn’t always better, but if your system is undersized, you could have a problem with your indoor coil of your cooling equipment. Of course, you’re not worried about your cooling equipment in the winter, but it could be a warning sign of other problems with your equipment.
But what if your heat isn’t working!?
The old cliché is often true, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s why we encourage all homeowners to get their heaters checked out before the winter is upon them. Our professionals are dedicated to doing everything we can to get your heat up and running ASAP, but here are some suggestions if you have to use alternative forms of heat:
- Use your fireplace, but be sure the damper and flue are open.
- Use a space heater—ensuring that you’re following all the safety precautions.
- Spend the night at a relative’s, neighbor’s or a hotel.
A few warnings: NEVER use your oven as a source of heat and NEVER run the heater in your car to keep warm. More than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are hospitalized.
Great savings for new customers!
If you’re a new customer, we offer a $49 inspection special. We stand by our customer service so much that we offer this to our new customers, confident that they will see the Allen Kelly difference. We’ve been the Triangle’s most trusted heating specialists for nearly 30 years.
Betcha didn’t know that!