How do I know if my heating unit needs a tune up?

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Signs Your Heating Unit Needs a Tune Up

As the cool weather begins to settle in your area, this is the time that you will begin using your heating system again. This is the best time to pay close attention to your unit to make certain that it is running properly. The last thing you want is the system to fail during a severe snow storm. Here are a few signs your heating unit needs a tune up.

One of the more obvious signs that the heater may be experiencing trouble is when the unit is on but no heat is coming out. The first thing you should do is to check the circuit breaker and make sure it is in the one position. If this does not work, make sure to contact a professional repairman to address the problem. It may still be early enough to catch the problem before it escalates.

When you hear loud noises coming from the heating unit, this could be a sign your system needs a tune up. The problem could be that the ignition is being delayed, or there could be a problem with the blower motor. Both of these issues could be fixed with a simple adjustment. Contact an expert before the problem escalates.

Check you heating bill for any unusual spikes in usage. The bill should be higher as the weather gets colder, but unusually high bills could be an indication that the system is not running at a peak state. Similar to when your car burns excess fuel when it needs a tune up, your heating unit may simply need a good cleaning to run at optimal state again.

When you begin to notice that your home has a musty smell to it, this is a sign the heater needs to be looked at. This smell will often be accompanied by more dirt and dust accumulating within the house. When you begin to see excess buildup of dust in the house, not only could the filters be clogged, but the system could be in need of a good tune up. Contact your local professional to do a system tune up as soon as possible.

Is the heating unit in your Virginia Beach home acting up? Contact American Mechanical and let us handle the problem for you!