The winters in Idaho are some of the most ideal in the country: mild, yet picturesque, a perfect middle ground. But the winters are still cold enough that you need a dependable heating system in your home to help you get through to spring. Although the technology of modern heaters probably makes them less prone to breakdowns than what you grew up with, there are times when they’ll need the work of a trained technician to get them back to their full potential.
When you start to experience changes in the heating level of your home, or hear strange noises coming from your furnace, heat pump, or boiler, it might indicate you need professional repair. We’ll go through a few signs to look for and what they may mean for your heater. If you need to call in experts in heating in Coeur d’Alene, ID, look to ACI Northwest and our 24/7 service.
If your heater won’t turn on, it isn’t necessarily a problem that requires repairs: it might be a simple user error issue, such as an incorrectly set thermostat. Always check to see that your heater is connected to a power source, and that none of the circuit breakers have been tripped. If you find uneven heat levels throughout your home, the problem may come from blocked vents or poor insulation.
However, if your heater makes odd rattling noises when it tries to turn on, then the source is most likely a problem within the heater that requires repairs. For furnaces this might be a cracked heat exchanger, in which case call for professional assistance immediately, especially if you have a gas-powered furnace. Other noises that indicate professional repair needs are clicking in the furnace cabinet (likely worn out motor bearings), a rumbling in the boiler water tank (possibly overheating from sediment build-up or an excess of cold water), and grinding (the blower motor’s fan belt might be broken).
Uneven heating that you can’t solve with the basic troubleshooting above can indicate a heater that is losing power from wear and tear. There are many reasons for losing heating ability, and determining the cause on your own is difficult. Get consultation from a professional Coeur d’Alene, ID heating specialist, who will locate where the problem is, whether it’s hard-to-spot boiler leaks or thermostat malfunctions, and find a way to repair it.
A good motto when it comes to heating issues is: “When in doubt… get trained help.” Ignoring possible faults could lead to a full breakdown, or at the very least an expensive repair. Trying to fix a potential problem without the proper skills or tools can cause damage to your heater—and possibly damage to yourself. Don’t guess when it comes to your heating in Coeur d’Alene, ID: let the professionals at ACI Northwest put their experience and resources to work for you.