Heat and sunlight first brought the film industry to Los Angeles, and then the film industry brought the rest of the world. But when we think of “heat” in L.A., it usually isn’t the heat that we get from our home comfort systems. However, we need our heaters to get us through the cold spells that can sometimes hit Southern California, as well as those rainy December days that can stretch on and on.
Don’t let Los Angeles’ climate distract you from when your heater needs repair. Ignoring a problem and hoping just to get to the next warm day can leave you without a working heater when you need it the most. Keep alert for these 3 signs that you need to get a professional in to look at your heater. Trust JW Heating & Air for Los Angeles, CA heating repair done fast and right.
1. Loud/strange sounds
You’re used the hum of an air conditioner, and you should expect a similar even level of noise from your furnace or heat pump. If a strange noise jars you and doesn’t stop, then there might be a serious problem in your heater. It could be loose motor parts (clicking or rattling), a cracked fan belt (clanging), worn down motor bearings (unpleasant shrieking), or dirt along the burners (booming). Take particular care of any noise that could indicate a gas leak in a furnace, such as clicking from the heat exchanger—this needs immediate attention from a trained technician.
2. Jumps in power bills
A heater that starts to malfunction may give you no outward warning signs from the way it operates. The warning might be in your heating bill, however. A heater suffering from repair needs will begin to run inefficiently, drawing extra power to get the same results. If you see a large upward tick on your monthly power bills that you can’t explain from a seasonal change, then it’s time to call in an expert to check on your system’s performance.
3. Low airflow
If you notice that the flow of air coming from your vents has dropped from its usual level, you might have a clogged filter. Furnaces and heat pumps use an air filter to trap dust and other debris that would otherwise contaminate internal components. You can change the filter yourself, but if this does not solve the problem, then the air filter clog may have triggered other issues. Get a technician to help you out.
Whether your heater needs emergency service at 2 a.m. or you are interested in scheduling preventive maintenance to get a head start on the cooler months, contact JW Heating & Air. We provide superb heating repair services in Los Angeles, CA that will make all months of the year pleasant.