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Any home heating system can suffer from wear and tear, but some of them require more attention than others.

Here are five warning signs that your system might need to be repaired or replaced.

1) Strange Noises 👂

If you hear the fan spinning more loudly than normal, screeching, pulsing, or clicking, have your heating system serviced as soon as possible.

Old, rusty motors can start to make unusual noises when they are in danger of wearing out. With age, the internal components can start to fail, causing unusual noises which is a sign you shouldn’t ignore.

2) Slow Warm-Up Time 🐌

A slow warm-up time can be a sign that your heating system is inefficient and could need to be repaired or replaced. This can be due to faulty internal components, old equipment, or a manufacturing defect.

If you are seeing this warning sign, call in an expert to assess the system so they can offer you advice on the best next steps.

3) Higher Than Normal Utility Bills 💸

When you see inconsistencies in your utility bills it’s a red flag that something is wrong with your heating system. The most common cause of this is a faulty thermostat, so the first thing to do is to change the battery.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, then there may be other problems like leaks, clogs, and overuse in which case you should call in professional help right away.

4) Uneven Heat Distribution ♨

If you’ve noticed your home heating isn’t as efficient as it used to be, or that it never reaches the desired temperature consistently, there might be an issue with your system.

Before troubleshooting consider that the issue may be due to maintenance being needed. It’s hard to determine if you’re not a licensed professional so don’t hesitate to call JMS Plumbing & Heating for more direction.

5) Frequent Breakdowns ⛔

Frequent breakdowns mean your heating system isn’t working properly and you need to get it repaired or replaced. A heater needs regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently, and the more it breaks down, the sooner a replacement is necessary.

There are many catalysts that could lead to your heater shutting down but if you live in an area that sees below-freezing temperatures, you don’t have the luxury to wait and see what happens. Always consult with a professional regarding your home’s heating system.


If you’re having plumbing issues, reach out to us at JMS Plumbing & Heating.

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