Going without heat during a cold winter month is no one’s idea of a good time. Unfortunately, heaters break, and usually at the most inopportune time. When your heater isn’t working properly or at all, you need to call a reliable emergency heating company. You need to call Sky HVAC. What makes us so reliable? Well, we actually answer the phones, which means we are able to send a technician to your home quickly. We also practice flat-rate pricing, so you know what the repair will cost before any work is done.
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What Are Some Signs That Your Heater Needs Repairs?
Not repairing your heater when you need to can have severe consequences. What can have equally dangerous consequences is not knowing when your heater needs repair.
Here are a few things to look out for that will tell you it’s time to call for heater repair:
- Heat not being evenly distributed throughout your property
- An increase in monthly utility bills without a change in energy use
- House not getting warm enough
- Loud, strange sounds like banging, scraping, or whistling coming from your heater
- Leaking ductwork
- Issues with your thermostat
What Are the Risks of NOT Calling for a Heating Tune-Up?
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night freezing cold? Probably. It’s likely you grabbed a blanket, pulled it tight, and went right back to sleep. However, in the dead of winter, an extra blanket may not be enough, and if your heater isn’t working or isn’t working properly, it will only become colder inside. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to cold temperatures, but that doesn’t mean healthy adults can’t succumb to the cold. The biggest two risks of a heater breaking down during a particularly cold night are frostbite and hypothermia.
Some signs of frostbite include:
- White or grayish/yellowish skin
- Skin that feels firm or waxy
Some signs of hypothermia include:
- Low body temperatures that affect the ability to move
- Shivering and exhaustion
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- In infants, bright red and cold skin
We mention these signs of frostbite and hypothermia not to scare you but to make you aware of the importance of acting immediately when your heater breaks or isn’t warming your home properly. There is also a very real possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning in the event that the heater is malfunctioning. Aside from all of the health risks, it is simply uncomfortable to have to bundle up inside your own home!
What Can You Expect from Your Heater Maintenance Service?
Proper heating system maintenance can prevent or postpone the need for heater repairs. That’s why it’s important that your heater is inspected and tuned-up by a trusted heating contractor at least once a year.
Here’s an idea of what you can expect from a regular heater maintenance service call:
- The HVAC contractor will cut the power to the heater so that they can work safely.
- The contractor will check all the inner components of your heater, to make sure they are all working.
- The HVAC contractor will replace any worn out belts, broken parts, and dirty filters.
- The contractor will re-calibrate your thermostat.
Schedule an Annual Heater Inspection
A big problem with heaters is the fact that they are only used in the winter months. This means that the rest of the year these appliances sit and collect dust as well as electrical problems. Before the weather gets to be too cold, consider having us inspect your heater. This will alert you to any potential problems before the temperature drops and will give you peace of mind that your family is safe.
Make the Right Call, Call Sky HVAC
If your heater goes out in the middle of the night, we strongly encourage quick action. This quick action will start by making sure everyone is as safe as possible with blankets and warm clothes. The next step will be to call your neighborhood Sky guy. There is always someone to answer your call, ensuring a technician is on the way in minutes.
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