The Chill Of Winter

With summer fading, the temperatures will soon be on their way to declining. Before you know it, frost will start to cling to your windows, and you’ll be kicking on that heater to warm your bones after a cold day at work. However, unless you’ve recently had someone look at your heating and cooling Williamsburg VA unit, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise the first time you switch the unit on and nothing happens.

Since the AC unit has been in primary use for a few months, that’s enough time for the heater to fall into disrepair. More than that, if you didn’t have anyone to inspect it and maintain it when winter turned to summer, it’s likely still worn out from last year’s winter. To determine if your heater is ready to do this winter, look for these warning signs that your heater may need a little tender loving care before the cold sets into your home.

Age

The first thing you should inspect is its age. Heaters and furnaces typically have a 15-year lifespan. Some may be able to go a bit longer, and some die a little early. You should check the label on your furnace to determine when it was first installed. If it’s past the 15-year mark, then it’s likely inefficient, anyway. There are a lot of new furnaces out there that run a lot better than an old 15-year model.

Thermostat Problems

No matter how high or low you set the thermostat, it just doesn’t seem to be getting any warmer in your house. The thermostat works with your furnace. If that is malfunctioning, then your furnace isn’t going to receive the information it needs to burn correctly. Or the problem could rest with the furnace itself and not be able to respond to the information it’s receiving. A professional can take a quick look to determine where the problem is originating.