Common Repair Signs For Heating And Cooling Systems

Posted on: 28 September 2015


Both your heating and cooling system play vital roles in your day-to-day life. They keep up a high standard of living and allow you to weather even the harshest of temperatures outside. As such, if either system is on the fritz, you're certain to notice it right away. Yet, with a little know-how, you can spot problems before they get out of hand and minimize the downtime for each type of system. Here are some signs that either type need some maintenance.

Signs Your AC System Needs Repairs

  • Excessive Noise - AC systems are designed to be rather unobtrusive presences in your home. As such, if your unit has started to make more noise than it usually does, some of the internal parts might be loose or otherwise in trouble. Fixing it in this stage can prevent an actual breakdown.
  • Air Isn't Cool - If your house simply isn't cooling down or is cooling at a much slower rate than normal, chances are something has gone awry. In most simple cases, the unit may just be low on coolant, but a technician will give the machine a once over to make sure it isn't something else. 
  • Uneven Temperatures - Your home, for the most part, should be a relatively uniform temperature if the unit is functioning properly. So, if one room feels really hot compared to another, then there probably are some duct issues which need fixing. 

Signs Your Heating System Needs Repairs

  • Your Utility Bill Has Spiked - When in disrepair, a heating system can eat up a large chunk of cash as it struggles to do its job. If your utility bill has skyrocketed out of nowhere during those cold months and you can't figure out the cause, your heater is probably to blame. This can be any number of problems, but a technician should be able to figure it out.
  • Heater Won't Stay On - If your heating system constantly grumbles to life reluctantly, only to shut down a short time afterward, you could have a problem. This can often be attributed to faulty thermostats, wiring, pilot lights, or even the unit's fan motor. Regardless of the cause, repairs should get this squared away rather quickly. 
  • Yellow Pilot Light - This is an odd one, since you're most likely to think nothing of it as long as it's on. A healthy pilot light burns blue, due to the correct mixtures of gas being used. A yellow pilot light, on the other hand, indicates there is something wrong with your gas line. In worst cases, this could mean carbon monoxide is seeping into your home, so get it checked out immediately. 

Hopefully, with these pointers in mind, you'll be better able to spot some trouble before it gets too bad and keep on living a comfortable life. If you notice problems, call a company like Thermotech Inc.