Palm Springs isn’t a location known for the bone-rattling cold that whips through it every winter. People flock here from December through February to take advantage of average highs in the balmy and relaxing 70s.
But no place on Earth can expect an ideal warm climate all the time, and Palm Springs does experience fluctuations that can mean temperatures in the 40s during winter evenings, plus a few rainy days. The heater in your home still needs to be ready for anything. But is it?
Here are 3 signs that it might not be. If you need heating repair in Palm Springs, CA before the cold threatens our vacation paradise, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- An unexplained leap in your power bills
When your heater comes on, you will see an increase in your energy bills. That’s normal. But if the bill suddenly makes a tremendous surge you can’t explain, then something is probably wrong with your heater: a malfunction has caused it to work harder to reach the temperature set on the thermostat, and that will draw more power than normal. Finding the exact cause of the trouble is a task best left to an HVAC professional.
- An unexpected noise
Modern heaters are designed to run with reduced noise pollution. Some systems, like radiant floor heating, make almost no noticeable sound. So when you detect noises like clanking, rumbling, groaning, and grinding coming from your heater, you should have them investigated immediately. Pay particular attention to clicking coming from a gas furnace cabinet, as this often indicates a crack in the heat exchanger—a potential gas leak threat.
- Inefficient and uneven heating
An effective heating system should spread warmth throughout your home. If some rooms start to feel colder than others, your heater might have shut down before completing its cycle, or its thermostat has developed a fault that makes it incorrectly detect the indoor temperature. If your heater has trouble in general reaching its target temperature, then it will need repairs—or possibly a full replacement. Consult a professional to find out which.
Winter is almost here, and your home heater—whether furnace, heat pump, radiant floor heating, or a hybrid—will start up its brief season of labor. Make sure it’s a productive season by scheduling prompt repairs. Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning not only offers heating repair service for Palm Springs, CA, but also a superb maintenance program that will help fend off those repairs. Contact us today if you want to sign up.