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Learn the Signs that You Need a Heating Repairman

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night during the coldest month of the year, only to discover that it's freezing cold in your house because your heater has given up and stopped working? That is a very unpleasant and crystal-clear sign that you need the help of a qualified Dallas heating repairman.

Struggling to cope with a problem with your heater can be a frustrating and nerve-wracking experience—especially when you’re counting on it to keep you and your family warm. However, did you know that not all the signs you need a heating repairman are straightforward? Naturally, if the heat goes out it's obvious you need repair services. But there are other issues that many Dallas homeowners think are a normal part of their HVAC system, and they are actually signs of impending trouble. By knowing the symptoms of a heater that is in desperate need of attention from a heating repairman, you can get the problem fixed before it turns into a nightmare.

Our company, Aire Serv of Dallas, believes in empowering our customers so you have peace of mind when your HVAC system is having issues. Whatever heating system you have—furnaces, boilers and heat pumps, to name a few—savvy homeowners should know the signs they need heater repairs before the situation escalates to an emergency.

What Can a Dallas Heating Repairman Do?

You may be wondering if a heating repairman will have the education, training and equipment to deal with heater repair service for the type of heating unit you have installed in your Dallas home or commercial business. There's no need to worry! Our qualified service professionals can handle it all, including heat pump, boiler, and furnace repair service.

You may have heard that only a plumber can provide boiler repair services, but that's not the case—we have repaired, maintained and installed many boiler systems around the greater Dallas area, so we have the experience to handle them safely, efficiently and effectively. The same applies to refrigeration systems such as a heat pump or air conditioner. From AC repair to heating installation, we can take care of your entire HVAC system throughout its lifespan to ensure that it works perfectly for as long as possible and provides maximum indoor comfort. Need to know more? Here's what homeowners want to know about HVAC in Dallas TX.

10 Signs You Need to Call a Heating Repairman

Not sure if you really need a heating repairman right now, or if your system is fine to last through another season without professional services? That's understandable. We all use HVAC systems, but most people don't understand the nuances of how they operate, and aren't aware of some of the serious problems that can occur when repairs and maintenance are neglected. Here are 10 signs of trouble with your heater that all homeowners and commercial property owners in Dallas should be aware of.

1. Strange Noises in the Heater or Vents

Hearing strange noises in your heater, vents or ducts are common heater repair problems in Dallas that many homeowners think are a normal part of their heating system. We've also heard homeowners complain that their house is haunted, but you don't need an exorcist—you need an experienced heating repairman. These different noises actually indicate different issues that require heating system repair, such as:

  • Pops and squeaks indicate that one of the parts in your heater has come loose

  • Bangs that sound like small explosions are exactly that: small explosions; this noise means there is an issue with the combustion process in your heater

  • Loud squealing noises that sound like a tea kettle in your boiler could mean that too much pressure has built up in its heat exchanger

  • Rattling or thumping noises coming from your air ducts could be related to a loose connection in the ductwork, or a sign that they need cleaning

2. Jumps in Your Energy Bill

Nobody wants to pay more on their energy bill especially if it seems like your heater isn’t even working that hard. If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bills, but have not made any changes to your energy usage, then there is an issue with your system that requires heating repair service. This is another reason why you might need a heating repairman without knowing it! It’s difficult to ascertain the problem without the help of a Dallas heater repair professional.

Your heating and cooling costs are likely the biggest expenses by far on your monthly utility bills. That's because your HVAC system needs to burn through a lot of fuel to provide the warm or cold air that keeps your home at the temperature you have set on your thermostat. But over time, the unit gets dirty and parts begin to wear down, reducing its efficiency. That means the system has to work harder and operate longer, so it uses a lot more fuel than it used to to provide the same amount of thermal energy. As a result, your energy costs increase and make a significant difference on your utility bills. Professional heating service can make your system operate more efficiently and save you a lot of money in the long run.

3. Issues with the Thermostat

Does it feel like every time you turn up the setting on your thermostat, nothing happens? This means you likely have an electrical problem. The culprit could be a damaged thermostat, blown fuse, loose writing or a tripped circuit breaker. It can be surprising how many problems with your system circle right back to a faulty thermostat, but it makes sense if you think about it. Your thermostat communicates with your heating system electrically, so when a problem inhibits it from doing so, the system won't be able to function properly. Luckily this is a relatively simple issue to fix—just call your local Dallas HVAC repair company to replace the thermostat, and you'll be back up and running in no time.

4. Frequent Cycling

One of the most important qualities of your heating system is its reliability. Although this issue is commonly missed by homeowners who don't pay too much attention to their furnaces, if your heater is turning off and on seemingly at random, cycling quickly, or takes forever to kick in, there’s certainly a problem with the machine. Generally, rapid cycling is caused by improper air circulation, a clogged air filter or a malfunctioning thermostat. One of our professional technicians will be able to expertly diagnose and repair the issue.

5. Dust in the Air

Feel like you're whipping out your duster more often than you used to? Since your heater typically has a filter that helps purify your air, if it becomes too clogged, then dust and allergens such as pet dander will infiltrate in your home. Debris that would otherwise be trapped by a clean air filter will move through your duct system and disperse throughout your house. Thus, if your home seems dustier than usual it's time to change out the dirty filter.

How often you need to change the air filter really depends on the thickness of the filter itself, so it is best to refer to the manufacturer's instructions. It may also need to be changed more frequently if you have shedding pets, are heating a particularly large building, or live in a place with higher than average levels of air pollution. But, as a general rule of thumb, filters that are less than two inches thick need to be changed at least every three months, while three to four inch filters can go six to nine months before they should be swapped out. If your filter is six inches thick, you can get away with changing once per year.

6. Old Furnaces and Heaters

While some well cared for heaters can last up to 20 years, most machines have a lifespan between 10 and 15 years. Older units are more prone to wear and require frequent repair services. If your furnace is more than 10 years old and has been breaking down frequently in the last two years, that's a good indication it's reached the end of its lifespan. In this case, it will be more cost-effective to replace your furnace rather than repair it. Even if you get one problem repaired, another will just pop up sooner rather than later, and you'll need to keep making repeated calls for service from a heating repairman until you finally end up getting it replaced. That's why it makes more financial sense to replace an aging system rather than try to squeeze a little bit more out of it with numerous repairs.

7. Your Pilot Light is Yellow

Not many Dallas homeowners know this, but your pilot lights should always be blue. The light is blue when the heating system is getting enough air to properly combust. Next time your furnace fires up, take a look at the flame. If it is more yellow than blue, that is usually an indication that the unit needs a thorough, professional cleaning. However, a yellow pilot light can also be a sign that you have a carbon monoxide leak. This is very serious. If you notice a yellow pilot light, open the windows in your home and call a qualified heating repairman right away.

8. Pooling Liquid

Puddles anywhere in your house are not a good sign—and this is especially the case if you notice water near your HVAC system as well. Generally, pooling water is caused by a clogged condensate line. However, if you have a boiler, water on the ground may mean you have a leak and need boiler repair. Your boiler is a closed loop system, which means you should never actually see the water inside the system, and if you do it's definitely not a good sign.

It's worth noting that in rare instances, a fluid leaking from a coolant system such as a heat pump may not be water—it could be liquid refrigerant. Aside from causing a whole host of problems that will require professional heat pump repair, refrigerant is a toxic substance that should not be touched. If you suspect a refrigerant leak, do not go near it until it has been cleared by an experienced heating repairman.

9. Poor Air Flow

When your heater has poor airflow, it means that it's working hard to heat your home but you can't really feel the difference. Your vents might be open, you can hear your furnace working, but you can't feel the warm air blowing into your house. There are a number of possible causes for poor air flow, including:

  • A clogged air filter

  • Leaky ducts

  • Issues with the blower fan

  • Issues with the blower motor or belt

10. You Smell Rotten Eggs

If you smell rotten eggs in your home, you may have a gas leak. This is among the most serious furnace problems and should be addressed immediately, because gas furnaces create carbon monoxide as a byproduct. Open all your windows right away—even in cold or rainy weather—then leave the house and call an emergency heating repairman immediately.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can severely sicken anyone who inhales it in large quantities, and it can even be fatal. Normally, your system vents the carbon monoxide outside where it can dissipate harmlessly, but a deteriorated unit or gas line can spring a gas leak that allows carbon monoxide to seep into your home. This is a big reason why heating maintenance is so critically important. An annual furnace tune-up gives your heating repairman the opportunity to notice potential trouble areas and get them repaired before they have the chance to cause serious harm to your family, and it also keeps the unit in great condition overall. That extends the system's lifespan so you can avoid replacements for longer.

Schedule Our Heating Repair Services Today!

Do you need a heating repairman to provide HVAC service? Perhaps you've noticed strange noises in your vents or are worried the pilot light has gone out? Whatever the case may be, our company offers a range of services that will quickly and assuredly repair your furnace, boiler or heater. We also offer emergency air conditioning repair services and routine maintenance. Our technicians are highly trained, experienced and treat all our customers respectfully. From your first call with our friendly office staff to the moment one of our service professionals arrives at your home, you can expect reliable and courteous service.

To schedule an appointment, learn more about our services, or get to know our company better, we invite you to give our helpful customer service representatives a call today at 972-992-5648 or request an appointment online to get started.