Here are the most common signs you need heating repair

Now that it’s getting chilly, you’ll be firing up the heater on a regular basis. A properly working heat pump or furnace is crucial to keeping your home comfortable during winter. This means it’s crucial to stay aware of any of the signs you need heating repair.

In this article, we review some of the most common warning signs your heating system is failing. If you notice any of these, you should contact the professional technicians at Wagner right away for heating repair.

6 signs you need heating repair

Electrical HVAC repairYour home isn’t getting warm enough

It’s possible for your furnace to be working, but not be working right. Here are some things to consider:

  • Are you shivering despite turning the heat on?
  • Do you notice cold spots around your house?
  • Is the air from the vents lukewarm?

If any of these things are true, there may be something wrong. Common reasons for insufficient heating include faulty heating parts and thermostat issues. You deserve a heater that does its job.

Energy bills are increasing

Are your utility costs getting higher each month? If so, your furnace might be operating less efficiently than it should be. This means your system is working harder to keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature. With a heating repair (or, if catch it early, a heating checkup), you can save money each month.

The heater is making weird sounds

Problematic heating noises include:

  • Banging
  • Thumping
  • Rumbling
  • Squeaking
  • Whistling
  • Rattling

These sounds can occur for a variety of reasons. Thumping can indicate an ignition problem, while squeaking may mean there is a deteriorating belt or loose bearing. Rattling can be a symptom of loose screws or unsecured ductwork.

In any case, you need to call in the professionals when your furnace starts to keep you up at night. Not only is a loud heating system annoying, but it can be the canary in the coal mine for larger furnace problems that might lead to a system breakdown.

Your air ducts or home is getting a lot dustier

As a furnace stops working properly, problems with the blower can mean that the air pressure being sent out through your air ducts isn’t quite what it used to be. The result is that dust starts to accumulate in the air ducts or physically on the grates. If you’ve been noticing an increase in dust that accompanies one of the other symptoms in this article, you should consider calling Wagner for furnace repair.

The carbon monoxide detector is beeping

This is one of the most critical signs you need heating repair. Never ignore a carbon monoxide detector going off. In certain circumstances, a cracked heat exchanger inside your furnace can release carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless gas that’s extremely dangerous. A carbon monoxide detector (yes, every home with a furnace needs to have one of these!) will be the warning sign that something has gone wrong with your furnace. Evacuate and call emergency services.

You smell something foul

When you run the heater, you shouldn’t smell anything distinct. If you notice a strange smell coming from the vents, this could mean that something is burning or something is wrong with the system. In either case, call Wagner for emergency heating repair from our experienced technicians.

Call Wagner when you detect signs you need heating repair this winter

When it comes to your furnace and keeping your family warm this winter, it’s important to get any issues resolved sooner rather than later. Contact our team here at Wagner to learn more about our heating repair services and how we can help you with your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

Here’s why you should install anti-scald devices in your home

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that your hot water heater be set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit—or that you have anti-scald devices installed. However, by default, most water heaters are set at 140. Hot water can be very dangerous. At 118 degrees, most adults will feel pain. Two degrees higher, 120 F, will make you feel immediately uncomfortable. At 140 F, in just 5 seconds of exposure, you can get a second-degree burn.

sink repairPreventing burns from hot water exposure is an important part of the safety of your home. Having a trusted, local plumber like Wagner install anti-scald devices can help you keep everyone in your home—young, old, and in-between—safe.

How to best avoid hot water burns

Right off the bat, one of the best things you can do is to set the hot water tank to 120 degrees F. This step reduces the risk of receiving a hot water burn from 140-degree water.

Water temperature can also change due to pressure. You may have experienced this in the shower if you’ve ever gotten an unpleasant shock of hot water after someone flushed a toilet.

Anti-scald devices react to a change in pressure by reducing the volume of hot water that is coming out of the faucet. Some of these devices react to a change in temperature, again by lowering the volume of water coming out of the faucet. This prevents hot water from reaching the level needed to scald someone. Devices that react to changes in pressure are inexpensive and easy to have a professional plumber install.

Who needs anti-scald devices?

Anti-scald devices are most commonly recommended to families with small children. A child’s skin burns quicker because it is thinner, making them even more susceptible to water burns. Most small children love water but don’t usually understand the dangers of the faucet.

There are others in your home who can be protected by an anti-scald device:

  • Diabetics: Some diabetes have neuropathy in their extremities and can’t determine the temperature of the water upon touch. This is dangerous, since too-hot water can cause burns regardless of whether or not they can feel them happening.
  • Disabled: Physical challenges can make it difficult to get out of the way of scalding water.
  • Elderly: Beyond the neuropathy mentioned above, scalding water can shock an elderly person, provoking pre-existing heart issues or causing them to fall.

Call Wagner to learn more about anti-scald devices

Your local plumbing experts here in Albuquerque can recommend the right equipment for your home. Wagner installs anti-scald devices. Typically, homeowners opt to have one in their bathroom and one in their kitchen. For an estimate, contact us today.