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As autumn turns to winter in Warner Robins, Georgia, you turn to your heater to deliver warm comfort. A furnace or heat pump is at the heart of a home heating system. Receiving a reliably even flow of heat isn’t something to take for granted. By paying attention to how your heater operates, you can learn to recognize signs that can indicate you need to schedule a heating repair.

Cold Spots Throughout Your Home

Are some rooms of your home comfortable while others remain cold and drafty no matter how many times you adjust the thermostat? If this situation is the case, your furnace may be struggling to distribute heat evenly throughout your home. Additionally, your ductwork may also be contributing to uneven heating. Our service technicians can inspect your home’s ductwork to correct airflow problems.

Banging, Clanking and Screeching Sounds

While all furnaces make some sounds when they’re operating, any banging, clanking or screeching sounds should catch your attention. These loud noises signal that your heating system needs a repair. For example, screeching could mean a motor bearing has slipped out of place or has worn out. When you hear these noises, don’t try to diagnose the problem yourself. Call us so a service technician can make any necessary repairs.

Unusual Odors

Do you notice foul-smelling odors each time your furnace turns on? Your heating system is alerting you to a potential problem. Stale, musty odors could indicate the presence of biological growth in your furnace. This is a situation that results when excess humidity is in the home or moisture is present in the system. Contact us to schedule a thorough inspection of your furnace.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Are family members complaining that they’re always coughing or sneezing when they’re at home? Your heating system may be to blame. If your furnace isn’t working correctly, it could be releasing contaminants such as allergens, dust and other harmful particles into the air. While you can reduce the number of indoor pollutants by regularly changing your furnace’s air filter, you should have a service technician inspect the furnace so that you can improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Short-Cycling or Constantly Operating

Short-cycling occurs when your furnace turns on and off for short periods. It can mean the heat exchanger is malfunctioning. However, a heating system that operates constantly for long periods without turning off is also a sign that you need to schedule a heating repair.

Abnormal Pilot Light Colors

Do you use a gas-powered furnace to heat your home? Look carefully at the pilot light. You should see a blue flame. If you discover that your pilot light’s flame is red, orange, purple or yellow, then your furnace isn’t working correctly. These abnormal pilot light colors can indicate the presence of rust or other harmful compounds in your furnace. When not professionally removed, these particles can reduce the operating efficiency of your furnace and release harmful pollutants into the air.

Frequent Thermostat Adjustments

If you’re frequently adjusting the thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm, your furnace isn’t heating your home efficiently. When you turn up and turn down the thermostat several times a day to regulate temperatures, your heating system has to work harder in response. As a result, you may be paying higher utility bills during the winter than necessary.

Cold Air Coming From Registers and Vents

What should you do when cold air from your furnace enters rooms through registers and vents? First, check your home’s circuit breaker to make sure your heating system is receiving electricity to power it. If the system is receiving power but not turning on, call us to schedule a heating repair.

Paying attention to these signs can help you identify problems with your furnace. For prompt, professional emergency heating repair service, contact Pruett Air Conditioning at 478-225-4921.

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