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December 10, 2021
When was the last time you scheduled maintenance for your heating system? Most of us only think to call an HVAC technician when there’s an obvious problem, like a heat pump system that’s not heating or your central heat not blowing warm air. But the best time to call a heating company in Lawton isn’t when you notice a problem, but before one has the chance to develop.
Having your heating system tuned up regularly will help you minimize wear and tear and other damage, saving you money and ensuring consistent, reliable home comfort. Performance maintenance can also help keep your warranty in place. Pippin Brothers offers HVAC maintenance packages to protect your HVAC system and save you money!
Signs You Need Heating Maintenance ASAP
It’s best to schedule heating maintenance once a year, but you should also schedule a service call with Pippin Brothers if you notice any of the following signs:
Your Heating System Is Making Strange Noises
Some heater noise when your system powers on or a soft humming while it runs is normal — but loud, unusual sounds are not. If you hear banging, rumbling, screeching, or scraping, you should call an HVAC service technician to inspect your heating system.
There Are Smells Coming from Your Vents
Does it smell like dirty socks when you turn your heat on? You might be dealing with a mold and mildew problem. To fix the issue, an HVAC tech will need to thoroughly clean your heating equipment, and you may need duct cleaning too.
Other smells, like rotten eggs, are cause for immediate concern. Utility companies add a sulfuric substance (which smells like rotten eggs) to natural gas, which doesn’t have any odor on its own. This odor is added to let you know you have a natural gas leak and should vacate the premises immediately before calling for help.
A dirty indoor coil for a heat pump system, a dirty heat exchanger for a furnace, or an electrical component running hotter than it should may also give off a burning smell, and should be inspected by a professional immediately before the situation turns hazardous.
Your Thermostat Won’t Turn Off the Heat
If you’re not able to turn your heat off with your thermostat, your heat pump, furnace, or boiler is likely running nonstop, which means you’re paying for heat round-the-clock. Make sure your thermostat has working batteries and then turn it off for a few minutes before turning it back on. If it’s still not working, you should call a heating contractor for help diagnosing the problem.
Your Heating System Is Not Putting Out Heat
When your heat is on but there isn’t any heat coming from your vents, you know you have a problem. A trained HVAC technician from Pippin Brothers will inspect the various components of your HVAC system to figure out why your furnace, boiler, or heat pump is running but not heating. Make sure you schedule soon if you’re dealing with a problem like this—you don’t want to get stuck in an Oklahoma cold front without heat!
There’s Been an Unexplainable Increase in Your Heating Costs
Have your heating bills been getting higher and higher even though you’ve been running your system the way you always do? There could be a problem that’s affecting the energy efficiency of your heating system. Regular heating maintenance will help minimize these issues and keep your HVAC system operating at peak efficiency while maintaining the lowest possible operating cost.
It’s also possible that your system is just losing efficiency with age. If it’s been ten or more years since your heating system was installed, you may want to consider replacing it with a high-efficiency option, like a heat pump.
Family Members Are Frequently Tired, Nauseous, or Experience Headaches
These are all potential signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is a life-threatening situation. When natural gas, propane, or oil heating systems are damaged or not performing properly, they may leak exhaust gases, including carbon monoxide, into the home by infiltration or through the duct system. Recent roof repairs are also common culprits, so roofers sometimes dislodge the metal chimney pipe connected to the furnace, boiler, or water heater. Contact a professional right away.
Call Pippin Brothers for Heating and Air Conditioning in Lawton, OK
Whether your heater is tripping the breaker, you’re worried about high energy costs, or your central heat and air unit is not working at all, Pippin Brothers has you covered. Our HVAC maintenance plans are designed to make heating tune-ups easy with performance maintenance that keeps your system running smoothly and efficiently to maximize your system’s longevity. Our packages include priority service, reduced service fees, discounts on repairs and replacements, and much more. Call soon to schedule winter heating service—spots are filling up fast!