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The Subtle Signs of Heating Trouble

hand-drawing-check-box-on-a-white-backgroundYou might have trouble with your heater at the top of the heating season. The thing about these particular troubles is that you might chalk them up to weird yet small issues. They’re mild and often hard to spot. The problem with this is that as the winter season chugs along you’re going to notice these problems become more severe. Often they even create a domino effect and lead to other issues. If you’d like to stop this vicious cycle before it even begins, then it’s time to call us.

We specialize in heating repairs in Media, PA. Since we have the knowledge among our professionals, we’re going to pay it forward here. Keep reading below to learn the early season subtle signs of heating trouble…

Watch Out!

These are the fall and early winter signs that you’re having issues with your home’s heater:

1. Dust

You’re pulling out your Dustbuster on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter how often you dust though, there’s just always more. It feels like your home is being invaded at this point. A dusty home is a symptom of an unhealthy heater. Air circulation is off. All the surfaces of your home are dusty because of it.

This is something homeowners see throughout winter. The more you use your heater, the more apparent it becomes. That’s why it’s especially alarming if this is something you’re noticing so early on.

2. Noises

Your heater makes a little noise. You hear it click on in the evenings and let out a sigh of relief. The noises that your heater makes become an expected sound in the daily symphony that is your home. You probably don’t pay much attention to them … but they’re louder this year. Not only are they louder, but they’re also expanding their range. It used to just be banging sounds, but now there’s rattling and scraping.

3. Long Run Times

It’s like your heater has trained for a marathon because its endurance is off the charts. It runs for most of the day. You’re warm so you don’t question it much. This is an early warning sign of a problem though. Long run times mean you’ve got an inefficient heater.

4. A Slight Uptick in Your Heating Bill

Your heating bill isn’t unreasonable, but it’s definitely higher than it normally is. It’s such a slight increase that you’re not alarmed—maybe you ran your heater a little more often than usual. This isn’t something that you should ignore though because the increase is going to consistently mount as the season goes by.

5. Hot and Cold Spots

There’s a shocking disparity in the temperature of your home. When you turn on your heater your bedroom heats up immediately. In fact, it’s scorching hot in a short span of time. Whenever you leave your room to go to the kitchen, though, you notice that your living room is freezing. Hot and cold spots are bad news because they point to a heater imbalance.

Contact Murphy’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for your heating services this winter.

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