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Mid-Season Heater Decline? Don’t Ignore It!

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.

The middle of the winter is the toughest stretch for us in the Twin Cities. Anyone who’s spent at least one winter here can tell you that. You need your heating system most of all during this time.

Ironically, it’s when people depend on their heating systems the most that they’re likely to ignore small signs that they aren’t working as well as they once did. It’s easy to think that as long as a heater system is meeting the basic requirements for warmth, there’s no reason to interrupt it by calling for heating repair in Minneapolis, MN

However, there are many good reasons to do exactly that! If you’ve noticed your heater doing things like running for longer than normal, running for shorter than normal, reacting slower to the thermostat setting, unevenly heating parts of the house, costing more to run, making strange noises, or anything else unusual, it’s time to call our technicians to check it out.

Safety Is Always the Best Reason

The safety of you and your family comes first in the winter. That means making sure that the heater doesn’t fail on one of the coldest days of the year and that it continues to run safely. You can’t be certain of either when the heater shows signs of strain or a developing malfunction. 

The workload that our home heating systems take on in our winters is immense. The chance of one failing if it’s already struggling with a malfunction of some type is much higher—and that’s not a risk you want to take.

Yes, you can call us for repairs if your heater fails completely, but we can’t be there instantly and there’s likely going to be high demand for our technicians. It’s better to call us when you’ve still got a working heater

If you have a natural gas heater like a gas furnace (which is the most common heater type found in local homes), the risk of the system becoming hazardous rises higher when it’s malfunctioning. Even “small” problems might indicate a crucial safety mechanism has failed. The sooner you have the problem addressed, the safer you and your family will be.

It’s Less Costly to Call Early

The sooner you catch trouble with your heating system, the easier it will be for our professionals to fix it. Malfunctions in complex devices like heaters tend to worsen and create additional problems: stress on one part will lead to stress on others.

If you wait for too long before getting the problem repaired, you’ll have a more expensive repair. If you wait until the heater completely fails, repairs may not be able to rescue the heater and you’ll have to get a new one.

Another way it’s costly to wait for repairs is that a faulty heater wastes power. When the heater is trying to work through a repair issue, it will drain more power to work. You’ll see higher energy bills. In fact, those high energy bills are one of the best warning signs that it’s time to call for help.

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