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What Your Heater Is Trying to Tell You

Now that we’re reaching the coldest temperatures of the season, your heater has likely become one of the most frequently used systems in your home. Funny things can happen when you start to use your heater more often. If you notice that your heater is starting to act a little funky, it might be time for you to schedule an appointment for heating repair in Montgomery County, PA

Although we’re professionals, we understand what it’s like to be in a homeowner’s shoes. Sometimes your heater starts to act up in the funniest ways and you don’t know what it means. In reality, most of the oddities you notice with your heater are, in fact, signs and not just weird occurrences. Let’s figure out what it’s trying to tell you today.

Decoding Your Heater’s Messages

Is your heater trying to tell you something? Here’s what that weird thing your heater is doing means…

Short Cycling

Does your heater start, run for a short amount of time, stop, and then start all over again? This is called “short cycling” and it’s never a good sign. Short cycling indicates an efficiency issue with your home’s heating system. This is typically a sign that your heater either was never properly fitted to your home’s capacity needs or that you’ve outgrown your heater with time. Either way, our professionals can help you address the issue. 


Banging is a loud, concerning sound that you might hear when you’re having heater trouble. Banging indicates a problem with your compressor. If you’re not familiar with this part, it’s essentially the heart of your heating system. We can confirm that this is the issue and then work to fix the problem for you. 


Rattling is typically a sound you hear when your heater has a loose part. This sound indicates a part that’s gotten dislodged but it’s still attempting to perform. When you hear this sound, you should let a professional know as soon as possible to rectify the issue.

Costing Way Too Much

Does your heater cost you far too much? If you’ve noticed that your heater’s cost has increased although nothing about the way you run your heater has changed, then it means it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. You’re paying for inefficiency and repair work can set you back on track.

Producing Low Output

When you turn your heater on, do you have to go over to your vents and registers to check if it actually came on? This is never a good sign. This type of low output typically means that there’s a problem with your home’s ventilation system. While it could be a more complex issue that indicates a gap or a tear in your ductwork, we always recommend starting off with your HVAC filter. 

You should change your HVAC filter once every few months because it keeps your air flowing. If you haven’t already done so for this season, take this as your sign to do so. 

Contact Platinum Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for all your HVAC needs in Montgomery County. 

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