Many of us look forward to a good scare with the ghosts and ghouls of the Halloween season. But you know what is really scary—the nightmare of having your heater breakdown in the dead of night just when you need it most. You can avoid heater nightmares this season by knowing these signs that a breakdown may be looming!
Know these signs to avoid heater nightmares this season:
Scary Noises Coming from Your System
You are probably used to the normal noises that your heater makes. But a sudden screech, thud, or boom can make you stop in your tracks. If your heater is making new noises, it is never a good sign. You should call for service to prevent a breakdown from happening.
Frightening Energy Bills
Does the start of the chilly season make you afraid to open your energy bill? As your heater gets older, it will become increasingly less energy efficient. Keeping up with yearly preventative maintenance will help keep your heating costs in check. But once your system nears the end of its useful lifespan, it could be a sign that it is time to consider replacing it with a newer and much more energy-efficient unit.
Flickering Yellow Flames
The only place you should be seeing flickering yellow flames this season is in your family's jack-o-lantern. If your natural gas heater's flame has changed from blue to yellow, you could have a scary situation on your hands. A yellow flame means that there is an issue with your heater, and it raises the potential for dangerous carbon monoxide gas to buildup in your home. Play it safe and don’t leave this malfunction unchecked.
Strange Smells in Your Home
It is normal to have a bit of a smell the first time you turn your heater on for the season. This is typically dust burning off. But if you smell strange smells like burning wires, you need to call for service right away to avoid a potential house fire.
Scheduling preventive maintenance, repairs, or new heater installation does not have to be scary. In the Lancaster area, you can depend on the heating professionals at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical to take care of all your service needs. Give us a call at (717) 207-9952 to schedule your appointment today.