4 Symptoms of a Broken Heater
When the temperature drops on those cold Florida nights, we really appreciate some warmth from our heating systems. But what if your heater doesn’t deliver the performance you deserve?
You may notice some weird things happening with your heater or things that appear out of the ordinary. To help out, we put together a list of four signs that signal there’s something wrong with your heater and that should push you to contact a technician for a repair.
1. Uneven Heating
There could be several factors causing your home to heat unevenly. The most common are airflow issues, namely breaks in your ductwork or venting. It could also be an issue with your system. If you notice that it turns on and off frequently, there’s likely a problem. First, try changing out the air filter. If the filter is clean or changing it doesn’t solve the problem, contact a professional.
2. Strange Smells or Noises
Furnaces will always make some amount of noise, usually relatively quietly. But if you hear banging, screeching, or anything that makes you look twice at your unit, there may be a problem. The same goes for smells. If you notice a foul odor, contact a professional to investigate.
3. Rising Heating Bills
While your heating bill may be different month to month, see if you notice a difference over time. If there’s a significant change without you altering your heating behavior, your system may be running inefficiently. This could be as simple as having a tune-up performed or changing the filter, or it may be a sign that your heater is too old.
4. Yellow Pilot Light
A yellow pilot light needs to be addressed right away. The pilot light and burners should always be a blue color, which means the flame is healthy. A yellow flame indicates that too much carbon monoxide is being released. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is odorless and invisible and can only be detected by a device.
If you notice your pilot light is yellow, turn off your system and contact a professional.