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How to Handle a Heating Emergency

As you know, the colder it gets, the more we rely on our heating systems to continue delivering warm, comfortable air. So when a heating emergency does occur, we know how important it is to get it fixed properly and quickly.

Before you frantically search the web for answers, here are some important tips to know if you have a potential heating problem and how to handle it, with ease:

Signs of Potential Heating Problems

It’s useful to have some idea of how your heating system operates and the signs of when there might be trouble. Of course, the best proactive thing you can do to ensure your system continues to run efficiently, and uninterrupted, is to schedule regular furnace tune-ups with us!

Regular maintenance ensures your system is ready for when you need it most. In fact, we’ll conduct a full inspection, lubricate parts, replace your air filter, and perform any minor adjustments to ensure everything is in working order. Being proactive with maintenance is critical for identifying issues and providing repairs before they turn into bigger, more costly problems — and ultimately, the absence of heat on the coldest of days.

To help you anticipate any potential problems, the following are just some of the most common indications of a faulty heating system:

  • Your heater does not produce warm air.
  • Your heater is cycling too frequently.
  • The heat distribution in your home is uneven.
  • You hear noises, such as loud banging or rattling, when the system is engaged.
  • You can detect an odor of rotten eggs when your furnace is in operation

If you experience any of the above, give us a call immediately. Ignoring these warning signs can cause severe damage to your heating system — not to mention procrastinating a repair appointment may jeopardize your overall safety.

Ways to Handle a Heating Emergency

If you have a reasonable concern that your heating system is in trouble, one of the first things you should do is turn it off. Set the thermostat to the off position, followed by turning the power off — and if you happen to have a gas unit, shut off the incoming gas line. Next, give us a call. In over 80 years of taking care of the heating and plumbing needs for residents of Berks County, Lehigh County, and the surrounding areas, our expert technicians are ready and equipped to respond and repair any issues.

Pro tip: Don’t try any alternative and unsafe measures, like making repairs by yourself. Your heating system is a complex mechanism and may be easily broken or damaged when someone with little-to-no-experience attempts to perform repairs.

Preventing a Heating Emergency

While regular maintenance is the easiest and least expensive way to keep your heating system operating safely, efficiently, and consistently, there are other ways you can help keep your system operating properly.

This includes regularly cleaning or replacing your air filters. Some filters are made to be cleaned by rinsing them off, while others are simply tossed out and replaced with new ones. When you ensure that your system’s filters are fresh and clean, you will help reduce the stress on the system when air pulls through the filters.

How Can We Help?

Whether you are inconvenienced by a heating emergency or you just want to learn some ways to prevent future HVAC issues, we are here for you. At Essig Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, you are the most important member of our winning team and we’ll do anything we can to help keep you safe and warm this season!

If you have any concerns at all about the condition of your heating system, give us a call at (610) 557-3302 to schedule maintenance or service.

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