3 Times You Need to Hire a Professional AC Contractor
When it comes to your heater, there are certain things you can do yourself. You can change out the air filters and clean the vents that cover your air ducts. You can even clean the vents that lead to the outside. You can also light your own pilot light. These are simple and seasonal household tasks that many people handle on their own. There are times, however, when you need to enlist the big guns – the professional heating guy. Here are three times you should call for help.
1. Your Heating Bill Just Went Through the Roof – For No Reason
Whether gas or electric, it’s reasonable to expect some increase when you turn up the heat indoors to battle the winter cold outdoors, but reasonable is the operative word in this sentence. You should have a good idea of what to expect the first time you turn on your heater. Your bill will rise to around whatever it was last year, with a few dollars added for inflation. If, when you open your first bill, it has risen excessively, you have a problem.
An unexpected spike in your gas or electric bill could be chalked up to your heater not working properly. Something is causing it to run extra hard to keep your set temperature. The problem could also be with your thermostat. Either way, unless you’re a heating professional, it’s best to hire an expert to troubleshoot your system. Once the issue is repaired, your utility bills should head back down to the costs you’re used to paying.
2. Your Heater Won’t Run
Whether your heater refuses to turn on or it shuts down suddenly and then refuses to click back on, “Houston” you have a problem, and it might be a dangerous one. In some cases, your heater will shut itself off because the unit is overheating, which could cause a house fire. You might also have a dead motor, problematic fan, issues with the pilot light, or other concerns. As discussed above, it could also be your thermostat, so leave it to a professional to troubleshoot.
3. One Room Is Hot, the Other Is Cold
Wilmington heating experts know the history of heating, and back in the days of old, you had to heat your house with coal. Not exactly convenient or safe. Coal heating was uneven; modern heating shouldn’t be. When you turn on your HVAC unit, it should heat each room in your home evenly. If it isn’t, you might have a problem with your blower, motor, or you may need a new unit. Let an expert troubleshoot the issue and provide the best recommendations.
Depending on the type of unit you have, your heater is sourced to your electricity and your gas. You should not play around inside it if you don’t know what you’re doing. This could result in injury or, worse, death. If it goes beyond the simple stuff, contact a professional who is licensed in HVAC maintenance and repair. He or she can tear your unit apart – safely – find the problem, and fix it for you before your teeth begin to chatter.