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Signs you need heating repairs before winter arrives in Southeastern Massachusetts
September 20, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Signs you need heating repairs before winter arrives in Southeastern Massachusetts

Appliances in your home are sometimes going to need repairs over the years. Whether you need to replace the ice maker in your refrigerator, the ignitor on your gas stove, or something with your heater, you’ll either need to replace it or repair it. When it comes to our heater, warm air during the wintertime isn’t something you want to mess around with. At RF Plumbing & Heating, we have a few signs to let you know if you need heating repairs in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Higher than normal utility bills

If your heater isn’t working efficiently, it’s going to take much more for it to warm your house to a comfortable temperature. This means that it will be running for longer periods than what is typical so you’ll notice that your utility bills will be much higher than normal. A repair can return your heater to its regular efficiency so your home can stay warm without running your heater all day.

Pilot light changed colors

Your pilot light should always be blue and burn steadily. This is an indicator that it’s burning only natural gas, the gas line is intact, and no other substance that’s found its way into your heater. However, if the flame is burning a different color can tell you what kind of problems you might have on your hands. For instance, a flickering yellow flame can indicate that you have a faulty gas line that leaks. The flickering tells you that gas flow isn’t steady and yellow shows that there’s oxygen getting into the line. If your light is burning any other color, contact a professional immediately and they should have an answer for you.

Random cold spots

It’s not unusual to have cold spots in your house if your heater isn’t functioning at its highest level. This often means that air isn’t flowing through the ducts properly because of a blockage or a leak. These can be difficult to diagnose without proper equipment so it’s best to call a professional to identify the area where you’re having a problem and propose a fix to help.

Bad air quality

A heater that doesn’t work properly is going to have a hard time circulating air throughout your house. This can result in a constant appearance of haziness or dustiness that doesn’t seem to dissipate. This can be caused by mildew, dust, dirt, and other contaminants circulating throughout your house. Not only will this make your home appear dusty, but it can also lead to or exacerbate respiratory conditions and allergies for those who live in your home. This could be as simple of a fix as changing your air filter, but if that doesn’t work you’ll need help from a professional.

Carbon monoxide detector has gone off

Your carbon monoxide detector is an absolute worst-case scenario if you have a gas heater. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is both colorless and odorless. Often homeowners don’t notice that they have a carbon monoxide leak from their heater and someone in their home either gets sick or dies from poisoning. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, get out of your home immediately and call for emergency assistance. It’s also a good idea to seek medical attention as you might have been exposed to small amounts of carbon monoxide over time that can cause dull headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.

Contact us today

If you’re worried that you’re having issues with your heater, please get in touch with our team of professionals at RF Plumbing & Heating. We can come to your home and perform heating repairs in Southeastern Massachusetts so you’re prepared when winter weather hits. Give us a call or send a message using our contact form. We’re ready to work for you.