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Start the Next Year Right With an Efficient Heater


The new year is just around the corner. With it comes the opportunity for changes and improvements. While a lot of people focus on personal self-improvement goals, why not add a home improvement to that list?

Although our heating season is short here in Florida, you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can count on your heater when you need it. Perhaps the key to depending on your heater is as simple as calling us to schedule heater maintenance in Wesley Chapel, FL. After all, routine maintenance is key to delaying heater replacement. 

We all tell ourselves we’ll get around to scheduling maintenance but time seems to work against us. If you’ve noticed any of these signs of heater issues, you’ll definitely want to bump it up on your list of resolutions. 

Unusual Noises

The only sound your heater should make is when it turns off and on and the quiet sound of air blowing out of its vents. Other than that, noises such as grinding, clanging, hissing, screeching, squealing, banging, booming, and scraping noises are definitely a cause for concern. 

The cause of the noise could be something as simple as a loose part or it could be a bigger problem such as an ignition issue. Restore the peace and quiet in your home by having us check out what’s making all that racket.

Strange Smells

While unusual noises indicate that your heater clearly needs repairs, the same is true of strange smells. If you have a gas-powered heater, the smell of sulfur or rotten eggs could indicate that you have a carbon monoxide leak. This should be checked out immediately. 

The smell of dust or electrical parts burning is another unusual scent a suffering heater will emit. This burning dust smell is normal when you turn your heater on for the first time. Any strange smells that persist as you use your heater should be looked at by a professional HVAC technician to determine the cause. 

Increase in Utility Bills, Decrease in Efficiency

When it comes to being a homeowner, one of the most frustrating situations to deal with is overpaying for utilities. An identifiable sign of needing either a heater repair or a new heater occurs when the heating of your home is inconsistent and expensive. Upgrading to a new heater will pay off over time by saving on your energy bills and decreasing your energy usage.

Age of Heater

Gas-powered heaters are expected to last 10-15 years and electric-powered heaters could last 15-20 years. If your heater is within or past its estimated lifespan and isn’t performing well, this is a strong sign that it’s due for a replacement. If your system is still operating but has exceeded its lifespan, you should know it’s likely to make a sharp decline and repairs could become quite expensive. 

Start the year off on the right foot and make a resolution to prioritize your home comfort. Schedule your next service with Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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