As the winter weather approaches, it is important to be ready for the types of issues that residential heating systems can often experience. Otherwise, you could find yourself unable to effectively respond to any problems that may arise with your heating system this winter.
Dangerous Gas Production
If your heating system relies on combustion in order to produce heat, it will produce a number of fumes that will have to be vented. Unfortunately, there can be problems with the system that may prevent this from occurring. As a result, the home may start to fill with hazardous fumes that could pose a significant risk to the occupants. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors near the heating system so that you will be alerted. If your alarms go off, you will have to turn off the heating system until it can be professionally repaired. Having an electric space heater can allow you to be ready for these situations, as these units can be safely used indoors while you are waiting for the primary heating unit to be repaired.
Rattling Noise When In Operation
A rattling noise coming from the heating unit is not normal, and it will most likely indicate that there is a significant mechanical problem with the unit developing. This problem can be the most likely to occur in a forced-air heating system, as these units will utilize large fans to move the heated air into the home's interior. If you notice that there is a rattling noise coming from your home's heating unit, a repair service should be contacted immediately. Once these noises start being produced, it is likely that the unit is nearing a major failure. For example, if the blades on the blower have started to warp, they could eventually break, which may damage other components of the heater.
Overheating is a problem that homeowners may fail to consider as a threat to their heating unit. However, it is possible for these units to become too hot, which can result in them shutting down. This is done to prevent the sensitive components of the heating unit from melting or suffering other damage as a result of prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures. If you notice that your heating unit is turning off after a short period of time, it may be a sign that it is overheating. While the unit will shut off to minimize the risk of damage occurring, this is a problem that can make it very difficult to keep your house warm and will need a professional to safely repair.
If you feel your heating system may be at risk this winter season, consider reaching out to a residential heating repair specialist today.