Although Louisiana temperatures fluctuate pretty frequently in the winter, you still need a functioning heater for the harsh, cold nights. Make sure you’re never left in the cold by learning the warning signs of a broken heater so that you know when to reach out to a Keefe’s expert for a precision heater tune-up. 

Cold Air

You turn the thermostat all the way up, yet your heater spits out nothing but cold air. This is an obvious sign that your heater is in need of repairs. Perhaps the pilot light has burned out or there’s a leak that’s causing serious damages. Alternatively, a replacement might be your only solution if your heater has broken down from old age. It’s an unfortunate part of a heater’s lifecycle, but excessive use over the years will wear down your furnace, to the point where it’s not worth repairing anymore. 

Uneven Heating

Have you noticed one of your rooms is noticeably colder than the others? Unless you have temperature zoning, where you have complete control over the temperature of each room, you may be looking at a heating repair. First, check to make sure no vents are covered and blocking the flow of warm air. Then, replace any clogged air filters. If the problem persists, it’s time to call a professional. 

Heater Restarts Frequently

When you hear the constant tick of your heater turning off and on, you either think nothing of it or you don’t even notice it happening at all. However, a heater that frequently restarts is probably short-cycling, which means it’s turning off before the heating cycle is actually completed. A number of factors can be the cause of this issue, though you can rest assured it’s nothing dangerous. However, your heater will use significantly more energy to start and stop, so you may want to call a heating technician to take care of this problem as soon as possible. 

High Utility Bills

Heating bills are high under normal circumstances, but the heating bills of a broken furnace are outrageous. When your heater is malfunctioning, it will work twice or three times as hard to produce the same amount of heat, meaning it’s wasting energy and fuel. If your utility bills are suspiciously high, schedule an appointment for a maintenance service. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save when your heater works like it’s supposed to. 

Loud Noises

When your furnace starts another heating cycle, you should hear nothing but a small tick and a relaxing background hum. Any other sound should be cause for concern. Loud noises coming from your vents or the heater itself typically indicate a major malfunction in the system. You may have a loose part rattling around the system or a motor that’s about to give out. This symptom should be fixed immediately to avoid a costly replacement. 

If your heater is acting up, there is no time to waste. Ignoring the problem now will only cause bigger, more expensive repairs down the road. Contact a Keefe’s specialist today for quality heater repairs and replacements in Baton Rouge, LA, and beyond.