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The Signs that Winter Took a Toll on Your Heater

Winter brings along some expected things like the holiday season, bundling up to keep warm, and cozy nights indoors staying out of the snow. A less pleasant aspect of winter is the toll that it may take on your heating system. If your heating system is old, out of shape, or just poorly maintained, you might notice that the cold temperatures of a Pennsylvania winter start to cause your heater to falter. If this is what you’re experiencing, make sure that you contact one of our heating technicians in Butler County, PA. We’re the best at what we do here, and we even provide 24/7 emergency service if you’re in a pinch.

Troublesome Signs

If you’re experiencing any of these problems in your home, it’s time to call a professional.

High Heating Bills

When you get your heating bill, you know the that the price tag of this should be within a certain range as long as you’re running your heater regularly. If you see a big jump in the cost of your heating but can’t really pinpoint the change in your heating habits then the culprit is your heater. Your heater is having trouble functioning efficiently—this is something you might not notice in your home. On the back end though, your heater is working double time to provide you with the heating power you’re used to and as a result, your heating bills jump up in price.

Alarming Sounds

When you run your heater, all you should hear is a soft click when the system switches on, the sound of heated air moving through your vents, and maybe a sigh of relief from yourself now that this system is melting the chill off of your home. If you hear other noises, it’s a sign that your heater is crying out for help. Watch out for common troublesome heating noises like:

  • Rattling
  • Banging
  • Scraping
  • Squeaking
  • Clicking

Don’t ignore the sounds your heater makes! All of these noises are typical from a malfunctioning heater but note that any odd sound your heater (even if it isn’t listed above) is grounds to call a heating technician.

You Just Can’t Get Warm

If you’re sitting around in your home in warm clothing, wrapped in a blanket, and running your heater but you’re still cold… you’ve got a problem on your hands. Your heater should get your home to a comfortable level. Running your heater for long periods of time or setting the thermostat to a high temperature to overcompensate for a lack of comfort in your home is an energy-inefficient practice that costs you more money in the long run and it’s hard on your heater. Don’t raise your heating bills or send your heating system to an early grave from working it so hard. Instead, contact a professional heating technician.

If you’re in need of heater repair services this winter, contact Kennihan Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our amazing team. We treat your home like it’s our grandma’s home!

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