Is Your Heater Reliable?

Is Your Heater Reliable?

Here in Brooklyn, New York, we take our heating pretty seriously. When the temperature begins to drop, our apartments and homes are one of the few places we can escape the chill. So, when the climate drops on a whim, and it will soon, is your heating system ready to kick into full gear?

It is best to learn you need heater repairs or replacement when you are not in dire need of heating. If you don’t know the answer to the above question, go to your heater and turn it on. Switching your heater on before you actually need it gives you time to make any adjustments necessary to ensure it is functioning in an efficient manner by the time a cold front comes around.

The Importance of Professional Maintenance

Can you trust your heater to show up for you when you have not shown up for it throughout the years? Just as cars require annual service, so does your heating system. Here are the many benefits of practicing preventative maintenance:

Extend Your Units Lifespan

When your heater is annually maintained, there are fewer chances an issue goes unnoticed. The likelihood of unit breakdown then goes down, as small malfunctions are caught before they cause further wear and tear on a system. Big, irreparable problems are avoidable with preventative maintenance.

Improved Air Quality

The air you breathe in your home moves through your HVAC system. When your system is not well-maintained, your air can become compromised. Bacteria, dander, and mold can cause clogs in your heater, and contaminate your air. Keeping your heating system clean with regular air filter changes will ensure your home is a healthy one.

Increased Reliability

When you go to turn on your heater this winter, you will not only be confident it will work, but you will know it will work well. When your system receives the proper care, all concerns about breakdown disappear.

Lower Utility Bills

Malfunctioning systems work harder to heat your home. And, the harder they have to work, the more energy they are using. This will cause a spike in your utility bill. An efficient heater is a cost-effective one. Schedule your heater maintenance today.

Does Your Heater Need Repair or Replacement?

Repair

If your heater adheres to any of the following, it’s time for professional repairs.

  1. You are smelling a foul odor. If you have a persistent burning smell coming from your heating unit, an electrical or mechanical component is probably broken. Do not ignore any unusual odors, as breakdowns can occur when small issues are left unresolved. Contact us for professional heater repairs.

  2. You are hearing strange noises. Clanking, banging, and screeching noises are signs that you may have a loose part within your system, or your belt needs replacing. These are minor repairs when addressed quickly.

  3. The temperature in your home is uneven. This is a distribution issue. When your home has cool spots, your home is not being heated in an efficient manner. This may be an issue with your ductwork, or it may be a technological malfunction with your thermostat. Call for professional HVAC service, and your system will be up and running in no time.

Replacement

If your heater has any of these symptoms, it is time to replace your heater:

  1. It is older than 15 years old. If your heater is between 15 and 20 years old, it is no longer in its prime. This means it has low energy-efficiency and is not up to industry standards, as new technology has allowed for more eco-friendly systems. In addition, it will likely breakdown due to normal wear and tear.

  2. You have had several repairs in a short amount of time. The rule of thumb here is—if your repairs have cost half the price of a new unit, it’s best to upgrade. It will save you money in the long run.

  3. Your system is running short heating cycles. If your heating system is short cycling or turning on and off on its own, it is likely overheating. Short cycling decreases the efficiency of your heater and indicates that your heater is headed for a breakdown. Contact Einstein’s Plumbing and Heating for your new heating system.

For reliable heater repairs and replacement call Einstein’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc. at (718) 215-9664.

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