Three signs your heater is broken

It’s cold outside, but it’s also cold inside too! Oh no! You don’t want to be a human popsicle now do you? Damaged heating systems can be a total inconvenience and nightmare, especially in the middle of winter but do not worry you can check the Heating and Furnace Repair Companies in Cherry Hill and avail of their services. But for now, let’s see the tell-tale signs of a broken heater.


Three signs your heater is broken

You are not getting any heat

-This seems pretty obvious, but it’s on this list for an obvious reason. You may just have to check your circuit breaker. Make sure that the hater is connected to a power source. Check the thermostat to see if you set it correctly. If heat loss doesn’t come from any of these, then contact a professional to have it checked.

Loud and unusual noise

-Modern times, modern era. Most modern heaters can operate with very minimal noise. So, you shouldn’t have any trouble noticing a sound that doesn’t belong. The loud clanging might mean a broken fan belt. Rumbling could point to overheating. Any system that uses natural gas has a potential danger of gas leak, so when you start hearing that clicking noise, better check on it. Any sound that you’re sure you haven’t heard of before is probably a sign that you have a broken heater.

Sudden swelling  in your power bill

-You’ve got to be thrifty when your fifty. You don’t have to be fifty to be thrifty, however sudden and unexplainable hike in your power bills is a good sign that is just under your nose. The heater could be draining power to balance a break of fault. To save money, make sure you get your heater checked and repaired sooner before you and your budget take a downhill trip like Jack and Jill did.


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What to consider when buying a new heater?

The use of heaters have truly saved us from becoming human popsicles, don’t you agree? So if it breaks down on us, are you willing to buy a new unit or have it fixed?

If you find buying a new unit a shorter and long-lasting route, let’s take a good look at the list of things to consider when buying heaters.


What to consider when buying a new heater?

Heater Type

-Heaters are a convenient way to keep warm and toasty. Just like almost everything on this planet, heaters come in variety of shapes, sizes, styles and utility cost.

-First and foremost, before choosing your prince charming- we mean heaters, you have to know what type of heater is best suitable for your space. There are three heating technologies under the electric heaters namely: radiant, convective and mica thermic. Convection heaters usually provide wide, whole-room and even heat, while the radiant heater delivers quick and heats specific spots and mica thermic heating offers fast and widespread heat while saving space.

Another type of heating systems you can chose from is the wall heater. You just simply hang the heater on the wall, its powerful and space saving.


Pro tip: Select the appropriate type of heater to have the best and effective performance.


Heating Capacity

-When looking for heaters, another thing you should consider is the space it should cover. This will be determined by the heater wattage rate. A typical room heater that has 10 watts of heating power and will heat each square foot of the room. So that means a 1,500 watt heater will heat an average size room that is as large as 150 square feet. This guideline is just a general rule of thumb, so don’t expect it to work for all models.


-If you are thinking about saving energy just how everybody should be, and would want to maintain low heating costs then it is a good idea to compare efficiency from one model to another before choosing and purchasing the heater. Bear in mind that portable electric heater lack a standard level of efficiency that are found in portable ACs. So, to keep your heating operating costs at ground level than it will be necessary to choose the right heater with the right features. You can also look at special features such as energy saving modes, adjustable thermostats and programmed timers.


Safety Features

-Safety should be your priority, portable heaters could easily become fire hazards. So, to significantly reduce the risk of fires, most if not many manufacturers add the cool-to-touch surface features and other advance safety features for special operations. In fact there are some models with an internal switch that will automatically shut off the power if the heater is accidentally knocked down. Another safety function installed and you should be on the lookout for is the overheating protection.

Noise Level

-Most heaters emit some kind of noise during the heating operation. Consider non-fan-forced units like baseboard heaters for a more silent operation.

After all these to consider, are you willing to dish out the cash? Or are you going to have professionals repair your heating systems? Check out Heating System Repair in Cherry Hill for help.


Things your hired help must do when checking your heating system

Before the warmth leaves us for the cold and chilly nights make sure your furnace is inspected and ready for the cold. Without checking and inspecting your gear, you might just end up becoming a human popsicle! So, these are the maintenance steps that you should expect your hired professional to do. Don’t attempt to try to do this yourself unless you have proper background for your own safety. You might also damage your system if you play around!

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Shut down the system.

-Before doing anything this is a safety precaution that your hired professional must do. The location of the red paneled-switch must ideally be found at the top of the cellar stairs or near the burner while the fuel shutoff valve can be found near a gas pipe. Make sure you remember the location of the switches in case of emergencies such as gas leakage and fire.

Clean the combustion chamber

-In this chamber fuel is being mixed with air and is lit so generating heat is possible. Carbon soot, water vapor, carbon dioxide can build up in this chamber, which can cause the chamber walls to corrode. Your hired professional then scrapes out the build-up soot with a small wired brush, then proceeds to clear the loose material with an industrial vacuum and ends with inspection of the chamber for holes and corrosion before replacing the cover.

Inspect the flue pipe

-The exhaust flue must be checked because it can leak carbon monoxide, specifically where the pipe meets the furnace. Small holes can be repaired by patches using foil tape, unless corroded the pipe must be replaced.

Oil filter replacement

-For oil powered systems, the oil filter prevents small debris from clogging the oil-burner nozzle. If left unchecked and inspected could lead to a misfire that will then shut down the system. The hired professional must close the oil valve and then proceed to remove the old filter and replace it, setting aside the used and dirty filter. This filter must then be disposed.

Changing the air filter

-During winter all the air you and your family breathes in comes through the air filter. Air filters can’t be changed too often but you must never forget to have it changed for more than a year. Changing the air filter is simple and even you can do it yourself without the help of a hired professional. During this step, your hired help must also check the blower belt for wear and tension, a loose belt results to a slow blower and compromises the system’s efficiency. If the belt thins down more than ¾ inch when pressed then it can be easily adjusted by sliding the motor backwards slightly.

Burner adjustment and efficiency testing

-Your hired help should at this point set up a combustion analyzer which is design/made to calculate your system’s efficiency by measuring the gasses in the exhaust flue. They must then make sure the burner’s air gates are properly adjusted according to its proper ration of fuel to air. The oil nozzle may be replaced which will then atomize the fuel before it is lit and then the hired help must check the fire’s color and shape at the igniter.

Cleaning of floor vents

-A good time to do this is during the fall time, where in you can do this step. You must remove the floor register and vacuum out the duct which is a good magnet for dust, pet hair, small, food scraps and other impurities. All of these can and will slow down the system’s efficiency which will result to you increasing the heat and a higher cost to pay. Once cleaned out, then you’ll be able to breathe easier without all that impurities lingering in the air.