How To Know When Your Heater Is Healthy?

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How To Know When Your Heater Is Healthy?

How to Tell If Your Heating System Is Healthy

There is a simple way to answer that question: Is your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home comfortable when the weather turns frosty? If the answer is no, then the heating system in your home is NOT healthy. The problem is most homeowners can’t diagnose why the furnace, heat pump, or boiler is coming up short. Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has this brief checklist to help determine if your heating system is healthy or unhealthy.

A Lack of Repairs

It may sound strange but one of the biggest enemies of modern heating systems is their unbelievable reliability. You likely don’t even notice your furnace working year after year and because it doesn’t actually break down it’s easy to ignore routine maintenance. Logic tells you that’s a losing proposition and a major reason why a heating system fails to keep your home comfortable. It will inevitably lose efficiency if it’s not taken care of. A heating system that has not received proper maintenance is not a healthy system.

The Age of Your Heating System

In and of itself age does not make a heating system unhealthy, but it’s a factor that should be considered. If your furnace or heat pump is fairly new, then your system is likely healthy and in good condition because it was recently manufactured. We just mentioned the importance of routine maintenance, but even if you do everything correctly every system will eventually wear out. The closer it gets to 15 years old and older, the more likely it is to lose efficiency.  There will come a time when the only way to restore the health of your heating system and the comfort level in your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home is with a replacement system.

Does Your Heating System Have Odors?

Your heater should operate without releasing any smells or strong odors. If you smell something unusual during every, or even most, heating cycles; it’s a sign that the system is not operating correctly, making your home uncomfortable. Two things to remember: If you smell natural gas, you should leave the home and call for help and many times there will be a burning smell when you turn the furnace on for the first time in the fall. Almost always that’s a result of accumulated dust burning off and usually goes away quickly.

Kotz Is Ready To Help

The bottom line is you should never put up with a heating system that doesn’t keep your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home comfortable. Call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing so our professional technicians can perform a thorough inspection to determine what the problem is and the best way to fix it.