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7 Reasons to Call Getzschman Heating & Cooling First

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You can’t control when your heating or cooling unit is going to have a problem but you can control which company to call. When your system breaks and it cannot be easily fixed, it’s time to call for help. Who better to call than the experts at Getzschman Heating and Cooling. There are several different companies in the Omaha area but not everyone can guarantee the quality service we can. Below are seven reasons to call Getzschman Heating & Cooling before you can anyone else.

More than 50 Years of Experience

In the 50 years we have been in business, we have practically dealt with all problems whether that be heating or cooling. We’ve seen every problem and know exactly how to fix them. No matter the size of the problem, we’ve got in under control. But the most important thing we have learned in our 50+ years of experience is how to treat our customers. We know customer service and that can be proven with over 5 decades of happy customers.

Same Day Service

Our “on-demand” service is available whenever you need us. Heating and Cooling problems occupy 98% of our “on demand” calls. Whenever you experience a problem, we are ready to help 24/7, 365 days a year.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

We offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee because we are confident in our work. So confident we include our guarantee in writing. Our way of earning your trust is by giving you no reason to doubt us. We can also custom build your ductwork and offer a lifetime ductwork guarantee. With a company that has been in service for 50+ years, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. We care about your home, your comfort and satisfaction, which is why we don’t consider the job done until you’re 100% satisfied.

Real People Answer Our Phones

No automated phone conversations of us! We believe good customer service starts with real people and real interactions. When you call us, no matter what day or time, you’ll speak to a real person.

2-Year Guarantee on Installations

When it comes to installations, we offer our G-Force Exclusive “Two Year Test Drive”. Meaning, you can have us install a new G-Force system and you can take a “test drive” for two years with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. On the slim chance you are not happy with the system, we will make it right or give you your money back.

Extra Savings Opportunities

Join our G-Force Planned Maintenance Program, and it will save you money. This program prolongs the life of your equipment and will save you money on your energy bills. These members will get priority service, discount on repairs and guaranteed appointments. 

The Best Technicians

Our technicians are trained in furnace repairs, AC repairs, and customer service too. We want you to feel comfortable in your home while our technicians are there. They will never curse or smoke in your home and will wear shoe covers to keep your floors clean.

Bonus Reason: We Care about the Community and Environment

Our technicians are all trained and certified for the reclamation of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) to protect the environment. A few different groups we help in the community include, supporting the Boy Scouts, Care Corps Inc, Homeless Shelters, and Habitat for Humanity.

So, if you have a heating or cooling problem and want hassle-free repairs, installation, and maintenance, there’s only one company to call that will truly put you first – Getzschman Heating & Cooling. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online today!

Four Ways to Effectively Lower Your Utility Bills

What if we told you that you could make some minor changes and see lots of improvement? The improvement would come in two ways – on your energy use and on your expenses. By using the following four tips, you can save thousands of unnecessary costs each year.

Furnace Check Up and Tune Up

money saving tips for your utility billsDon’t underestimate the effectiveness of a furnace tune up. Many people either forget about this maintenance tune up or often overlook it thinking it’s not important. We encourage you to compare how much it costs to have a tune up done on your heating and cooling unit, with the price of replacing a unit. With the amount of savings you end up enjoying – it becomes very worthwhile expense to take on. Your furnace will now operate much more efficiently, contributing to a better heated (or cooled) home. Keep in mind energy efficiency factors in as much as 25% savings on your utility bills. A typical furnace tune up costs a fraction of the savings that consumers end up with by the end of the year.

Replace Air Filters Regularly

Regardless of how much free time homeowners have to spend on upkeep of their home, it is essential to take certain steps for optimal energy efficiency and cost savings. Replacing air filters is a simple task that only takes a few minutes to complete. If you replace your air filter once a month, you can and will save a lot of potential costs in both energy savings and inevitable furnace repairs. 

Steady Thermostat Settings

Steadying your thermostat settings works well for all seasons. Whether you are addressing the inside temperature of your home in the dead winder or working to keep the cool in during hot summer days, it is essential to maintain your thermostat at a steady level. Do your best to stay away from constantly adjusting the temperatures up and down. Try to set the thermostat at a comfortable yet not extreme level. You will be surprised on the savings you encounter within a year or more. Keep in mind, the size of your house will factor into the savings. 

Seasonal Weatherproofing

Many people fail to recognize just how strong the sun’s power is in terms of inside temperatures. Depending on the direction your house faces, keeping windows and blinds closed during the day will reduce a fair amount of sun exposure resulting in steadier temperatures and savings on your utility bills.

It doesn’t cost too much to implement the tips we mention here. Call us today at 402-895-5383 to schedule your tune up. Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning is also available for 24-hour furnace and air conditioner repairs.

Top Tips to Help Your Older AC Last Another Season

Do you have an older air conditioner that is limping along? It’s not uncommon for older air conditioners to break down as they age. The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has gathered some AC troubleshooting tips to hopefully help your unit last one more season.

AC Troubleshooting Tips

In our experience there are two main problems our customers encounter with air conditioners:

  1. It won’t turn on 
  2. It runs, but won’t cool

The following troubleshooting tips can help you beat the heat and get back to enjoying cool air in your home.

Your AC Won’t Turn On

If your AC is not kicking on, you have several things to check:

Thermostat – check your thermostat to make sure that it isn’t set to the heat or off position. Don’t forget to check and make sure that the batteries in your thermostat are not dead.

Tripped Breaker – check your electrical panel to make sure that the breaker connected to your AC hasn’t been tripped.

Power Switch – look to see if the power switch on the side of your furnace is turned on. 

The AC Is On, but the Air Isn’t Cool

Dirty Air Filter – A dirty air filter can cause this problem. Check your filter to see how dirty it is and replace it if necessary. We recommend changing your filter once a month to ensure proper airflow and cooling.

Ice Accumulation – Ice in the outdoor unit can also cause your AC to run sluggishly. If you see ice you should turn off the AC and allow it to thaw for a couple of hours.

Clogged Condensate Drain – If you are still having trouble, consider cleaning out the condensate drain. Algae tends to build up in these pipes and will cause your AC to fail.

Check Your Condenser Unit Outside

Don’t forget your air conditioner has another piece – outside. The condenser unit outside can sometimes be the problem. Look for these three issues:

A safety precaution first – The condenser is a 240-volt box and we don’t want anyone getting hurt, so turn off the power to it at the electrical panel before working on it. Also turn off the disconnect box located outside, near your unit. It will either be a lever, fuses, or a circuit breaker to shut off the condenser. Then, allow about 30 minutes for the electrical charge that’s stored in the condenser’s capacitor to dissipate. Okay, now it’s safe to check the unit. We recommend letting one of our qualified technicians look over these items.

Clear Debris – Make sure the unit is clean and clear of debris. Clear away dirt, leaves, etc. Check the fan to make sure it is clear of debris as well.

Clogged Drain – Check the drain and make sure it is clear.

Broken Coolant Lines – Check the coolant lines (pipes that connect the condenser unit outside to the evaporator on the inside unit). They can get bumped around being outside.

Turn the unit back on. First, turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Then turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL. Give it some time and see if you feel cool air blowing from the ducts. You can also check your outdoor unit to see if the air blowing out the top is warmer than the surrounding air.

How to Know When Your AC Repairs Aren’t Worth It 

Homeowners struggle with knowing when it makes more sense to replace their unit than repair it again. Look for these signs. If your unit is 10-12 years old, you’ve paid for three or more repairs over the last two years, your energy bills seem excessive and/or you are experiencing uneven cooling or certain rooms feel uncomfortable, then it’s time for you to consider replacing your limping unit. Good news – we have a simple formula to help you calculate when it’s time.

NOTE: Sometimes hot spots can be due to poor ductwork. We can inspect your ducts and make adjustments if that is the case.

How to Use Our $5,000 Rule Formula

Multiply the age of your AC unit by the repair cost, and if that exceeds $5,000, then replace the unit. If it’s less, go ahead and repair it.

Here is an example, if your unit is 10 years old and the repair will cost $250, multiply 10 x 250 to equal $2,500. It is less than $5,000, so it’s okay to have it repaired.

The Cost of Freon Is Rising 

If your repair involves adding Freon (coolant used in most older systems) because of a leak, you will have to add more every year. That can be costly because the price for Freon is rising each year because of the EPA ordering the phasing out of Freon as part of an international treaty focused on protecting the ozone layer around 25 years ago. Production ended in 2010 for new air conditioning units. Production has also been reduced in subsequent years. By 2020, production of Freon will end completely, so the price will only continue to rise.

Try these tips. If they don’t work, let Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning help with your AC needs. Call us today at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

4 Reasons to Get a Spring Tune-Up for your Air Conditioner

Getting a spring tune up from Getzschman can save your air conditionerSpring is finally here and temperatures outside are rising. Goodbye winter! Although we will still have some evenings here in Omaha where the weather dips into the 40’s it looks like May is promising to bring us days with temperatures rising into the 70s. While we are anxious for sunshine and blue skies, we also want to keep our homes a comfortable temperature. Make sure your AC is ready for spring by scheduling a spring tune-up. Here are four reasons why you should schedule an air conditioning tune-up now before the summer heat hits:

Catch Small Problems before They Become Big (Expensive) Problems

Having an expert look at your equipment in the spring can help catch any little things that might be about to go wrong. Our professional maintenance team will check that your AC is running smoothly and will continue to run smoothly in the foreseeable future. Our technicians can locate any minor (or future potential problems) before they become a big deal. It’s far better for your system (and much cheaper for your wallet) to find and fix any problems before they get worse.

Help Your System Run the Most Efficiently

A tune-up will save you money by helping your unit use less energy. Over the winter, dust and debris can build up on the coils of your air conditioner. This will cause your system to work harder than necessary, thus using too much energy. By cleaning these coils, your system’s fan, and other parts,  your technician will help to increase the operating efficiency of your air conditioner and will ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill. A clean HVAC system will lead to lower cooling costs.That’s sure to make you and your air conditioner both happy.

Extend Your Air Conditioner’s Lifespan

Air conditioners are not cheap to replace, but with a regular air conditioning tune-up, you can postpone replacing your system for the longest time possible. Coils can become dirty, air filters fill with dirt, and fans can become clogged. If you’ve had your HVAC system for a while, it is likely that there are places inside your system which need a good cleaning. A well-maintained air conditioner should continue to cool your house for a long time. Our technicians are great at estimating how much life your system has left.

Reduce the Chance of Breakdowns

In order to reduce the chance that you’re living without air conditioning in the hottest part of summer, our technicians will check, tighten, lubricate, and repair all the parts and pieces of your system during a tune-up. This will help to align the stars and keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape for summer’s hottest days.

Be sure to give us a call today at (402) 554-1110 so we can get your scheduled for a tune-up.

5-Star Heating and Cooling Service in Omaha

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve been serving Omaha and the surrounding areas since 1960. We take pride in our name and strive to honor it every day. Our reputation is at stake each and every day we serve you and no Getzschman takes that lightly.

Getzschman heating and cooling gets 5 star reviews

Today Getzschman Heating is one of Nebraska’s premier heating and air conditioning repair and installation companies. We’ve had almost 60 years to learn what our customers want most – hard work, honest prices, and excellent customer service, and that’s what we deliver. But don’t take our word for it. Hear from some of our customers. Their word is worth even more than ours. Listen to these 5-Star reviews:

Excellent Customer Service and Technicians!

Total Experience: 5 Stars       Service: 5 Stars

I purchased my house in March and with the house came a wonderful HVAC unit. My concern was, maintenance had been done yearly and I didn’t know if the warranty would cover me. I took a picture of the information on the unit and called Getzschman to ask about maintenance and warranty. They were cordial, thorough and knowledgeable and gave me all the information about how to handle the maintenance, costs and what to do next. They also advised me I had a maintenance service for 2018 that was already paid for by the previous owner. They came out to my house and wore booties around my house so as not to get dirt anywhere; answered all of my questions and only replaced what needed and showed me the bad humidifier filter which clearly needed replacing. I will always recommend Getzschman and their technicians and their customer service specialists. Whether it is a service technician running late or a reminder, they always handle everything professionally with exceptional service. You won’t find anyone better.

Customer: Pamela Laveau         Location: Ashland, NE 8-31-2018

Reinstilling Faith in Heating and Air Companies

Total Experience: 5 Stars      Service: 5 Stars

One of the most painful parts of being a homeowner is having to deal with the upkeep and maintenance of your heating and air system. I have dealt with too many companies that come out appearing as their training was more in finding revenue and upselling. My Getzschman technician Joseph was great. Our conversation during his visit was educational and informative. I was schooled on common steps I could take to help extend the life of my unit. I have already discussed my experience with several family members.

Customer: Steve Murray                    Location: Omaha, NE 8-3-2018

Exceptional Service

Total Experience: 5 Stars   Service: 5 Stars

We are a Service Agreement customer. Our air conditioner stopped working on a Friday evening during record-breaking heat. We called Getzschman for help and the Service Tech, Nathan, was at our home in 30 minutes! He was very knowledgeable and fixed our problem within 15 minutes. He then checked our whole system. We couldn’t be more pleased with the service we received from Getzschman Heating & Cooling!!

Customer: Norm Nelson            Location: Fremont, NE 6-5-2018

As leaders in the community, the Getzschman reputation is everything. You can count on us! Call us if you need any help with your furnace or AC at (402) 554-1110. We’d love to show you what great customer service looks like!

A Whole-House Humidifier Keeps the Doctor Away

woman itching her skin due to humidity levelsIn the colder months, most people notice that the air inside their homes seems dryer. Many people blame it on the chilly weather, but the culprit is actually a combination of lower humidity outside plus indoor heating. Because cold air has less capacity to hold moisture than warm air does, as outdoor temperatures drop, humidity levels drop as well. Add to that the fact that furnaces keep us toasty in the winter, but they also dry out the air. How do you know if your home has low humidity levels? By the telltale static shock. If you’re experiencing static shock, your home is lacking humidity. That’s a problem because your health is more dependent on humidity than you think.

Winter Packs a Double Punch

Colds and viruses are most common in the winter months, but not because the germs love the cold. Germs survive longer in low humidity conditions, so they have longer to spread between people. Low humidity also dries out the mucous membranes in your nose and throat, which would usually catch germs before they can cause trouble. Compromised by low humidity, these membranes can’t perform their function, and you’re left vulnerable to any virus that comes along. Dry air can also cause irritations like coughs, sore throats, and dry eyes.

Dry Itchy Skin Is a Sign of Low Humidity

Most people notice that their skin dries out in the winter, getting tight and itchy from the lack of humidity. If anyone in your household has skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or dry skin, dry air can cause the issue to get much worse. If your skin dries out enough, it may crack and bleed, which can lead to infection. With eczema or other skin conditions, scratching may open the skin.

Whole-House Humidifiers Add Humidity Automatically

All of these problems can be helped simply by adding humidity to your home. A whole-house humidifier system can replace the humidity that heating removes, making you and your family much more comfortable. As an added bonus, because humid air feels warmer than dry air, you can lower your thermostat a couple of degrees and save money without sacrificing comfort.

Get the Right Humidity Level All Winter Long

A whole-house humidifier is easy to use and practically maintenance free. Once installed, it automatically introduces the right amount of moisture into the air according to your settings. You almost never have to think about it, apart from changing the filter about once a year. This one-time purchase can save you money on your energy bills and keep you out of the doctor’s office for years to come, but most importantly, it will make everyone more comfortable. It’s a great investment in your home and your family’s health.

 

Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing heating and cooling services to the Omaha area for over 50 years, and we’d like to help you save money and feel better in the cold winter months. If you’d like a whole-house humidifier installed, please give us a call at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

News Alert!

Getzschman Heating and Air and its employees would like to assure our customers that we have no personal or professional association with Richard Getzschman of Getzschman Roofing in Omaha Ne.

How Humidity Affects Your Health

It’s no secret that optimal humidity levels can make your home more comfortable, especially during the coldest and warmest parts of the year. But humidity can also affect your health and that of your family, both directly and indirectly. Here’s how.

How Humidity Levels Are Measured

Humidity is conveyed as a percentage that represents how much moisture is in the air at any given time. In your home, humidity is considered too high when it reaches more than 50% concentration. Your humidity levels may be too low if they fall below 30%.

Generally, the optimal humidity level in the summer is 40 to 50% and the ideal level in the winter is 30 to 40%. These differing ranges help account for seasonal temperature changes.

High Humidity

In many locations, including the Midwest, the summer months have the highest levels of humidity. Here in Nebraska, you may see outdoor humidity levels of more than 80% during the summer.

These higher humidity levels make it feel hotter both outside and inside. For example, imagine a summer afternoon with a temperature of 95°F. If the humidity were 30%, it would feel like 95°F outside. But if the humidity climbed to just 65%, the temperature would feel like a scorching 117°F. At Nebraska’s upper humidity range, the temperature could feel as high as 125°F.

High humidity can have a range of negative health effects, including:

  • Increased risk of heat-related conditions—Long periods of exposure to high temperatures and humidity can result in inefficient bodily cooling. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can cause loss of salts and fluids, as well as dangerous symptoms like fainting.
  • Poor-quality sleep—Most individuals get their best quality sleep in a cool environment. When the temperature in your bedroom climbs, you may have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Over time, poor-quality sleep can contribute to irritability, lack of focus, and lethargy.
  • Worsening allergies—Pollen and dust mites thrive at higher humidity levels, which means that people with allergies to airborne particles or people with respiratory conditions may experience more intense symptoms. Additionally, humidity contributes to mold growth which can make indoor air toxic.

To beat the heat, it’s important to keep your indoor humidity within optimal levels over the summer.

Low Humidity

In the winter, humidity levels drop. While Nebraska’s outdoor humidity generally stays above 40% in the winter, using your heating system reduces the overall moisture in your home.

If your indoor air becomes too dry, you may experience the following health problems:

  • Congestion and cough—Dry air irritates your body’s mucous membranes, such as those found in the nose and throat. When the membranes in your nose and sinuses become too dry, you may experience runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. When dry air affects your throat, you may experience soreness and coughing.
  • Dry skin—Exposure to dry air depletes the moisture in your skin. The dry your skin gets, the more likely you are to experience itchiness, cracks, and scaliness. If you have a skin condition like eczema, dry conditions may exacerbate your typical symptoms.
  • Itchy eyes—Dry air can reduce your eyes’ ability to produce enough tears to properly lubricate the surface of the eyeball. You may notice itchiness, excessive blinking, redness, or a gritty feeling. Dry eyes can increase your risk of eye injury since the symptoms of dry eye encourage you to rub at your eyes, which can lead to corneal abrasions and the introduction of foreign particles.
  • Persistent illness—Many individuals experience colds or the flu more often in the winter. This increase in illness frequency is due in part to low humidity levels. The flu virus, for example, lives longer on surfaces when the humidity is lower. Extremely low humidity levels increase your risk of illness and make it more difficult to recover from a seasonal ailment because you have to work harder to stay hydrated and get quality sleep.

In order to keep yourself and your family comfortable throughout the winter, you may need to dramatically increase your indoor moisture levels.

How to Control Humidity in Your Home

You can make small changes to the humidity levels in your home by making smart choices. For example, in the summertime, use ventilation and fans to disperse the moisture created by bathing and running appliances.

In the winter, you can increase humidity by taking hot showers and air-drying your laundry. However, if you notice negative effects caused by either high or low humidity, consider a long-term solution instead.

Use a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier to better control your home’s air quality and seasonal health conditions. Learn more about dehumidifiers in our blog “Dehumidifiers 101: What This Appliance Does and Why You Need One.”

Pay attention to the connection between your home’s humidity and the way you feel to ensure that every member of your household stays as healthy as possible, regardless of how the weather changes.

What’s That Smell? 5 Furnace Odors And What They Mean

Whenever you turn on your furnace, you expect your unit to circulate clean, fresh air throughout your house. On a regular day, you might not even notice your furnace at all, as it runs quietly and efficiently.

Lately, you’ve noticed an unusual smell emanating from your machine. Sometimes, the odor overwhelms you and your family, and other times, you only catch a faint whiff of the scent, making you question whether it comes from your furnace at all.

But no matter how strong the smell, some scents you should never ignore, as they often indicate unit damage or failure. To ensure your family stays safe, take a look at the most common smells a furnace makes and the causes behind them.

1. Rotten Eggs or Sulfur

Natural gas is highly flammable, and that combustibility makes it a good fuel source for appliances throughout your home. Unfortunately, natural gas is also dangerous when inhaled, causing dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and irregular breathing.

As natural gas has no odor of its own, many gas companies add the chemical mercaptan as a safety precaution. This sulfur-based chemical gives off the distinct smell of rotten eggs so you know when natural gas is nearby.

If you have a propane- or gas-powered furnace that smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, you may have a gas leak. Due to the risks involved, you should take gas leaks seriously and never try to pinpoint the source on your own. Call in a professional and exit your home until you know the area is safe again.

2. Dirty Socks or Locker Room

You are likely all too familiar with that overwhelming scent of corn chips, fish sauce, and old cheese, but you might never expect these locker-room scents to come from your furnace.

Dirty sock syndrome occurs when bacteria build up on your heating system coils. During the spring and fall seasons, the coils cool with outdoor temperature drops and reheat when you turn up the thermostat. This constant cycle between warm and cold often results in condensation buildup, and the moist environment, in turn, results in bacterial growth.

The best way to eliminate this foul odor comes from a good, old-fashioned cleaning. Start by replacing your unit’s air filter and by cleaning the evaporator coils with a non-acid coil cleaner. If the smell still lingers, you may need an HVAC technician to thoroughly clean your air ducts and the rest of your unit.

3. Electrical Burning or Ozone

If you’ve ever stood out in a thunderstorm, you’ve likely smelled the sharp smell of ozone, a scent reminiscent of chlorine. Your furnace might create a similar electrical or metallic smell when it overheats.

As your furnace ages, worn bearings may cause the blower motor to seize up or bind. Your furnace may then draw additional electricity to push through the resistance, and that additionally voltage may result in excessive heat buildup in the motor. The heat is often enough to melt away wire insulation, and soon your unit could produce electrical shorts and sparks that emit the smell.

If left untended, these sparks and melting wires create enough heat to start a fire in your home. If you smell electrical burning, cut the power to your unit and call a technician for help.

4. Diesel or Burning Oil

Your furnace could create a smoky or burning oil smell for a variety of reasons:

  • If you keep your furnace in a basement or storage area, nearby items (such as toys, decorations, and clothing) could fall too close to the pilot light. These items could catch fire or melt, resulting in the smell of smoke and burning plastic.
  • If you have an oil furnace, your unit might not ignite all the oil that passes through the burner. Instead, the oil creates a fog that smells much like a diesel engine. If that fog ignites, it could result in a large flame and excessive smoke.
  • If you filled the oil tank, any spillage may give off an odor as it dissipates. This smell should fade after a day or two. But if it continues to linger, you may have an oil leak.

Not sure why your furnace smells of burning oil? Let an expert pinpoint the problem for you.

5. Dust or Must

When you haven’t used your furnace for a while, your furnace might smell like a damp, dusty, or musty basement.  The odor may smell particularly strong for the first few uses of the season, and then it may fade gradually.

This musty smell occurs when dust, dirt, and other debris collect on your unit and in your air ducts. As your furnace warms, the dust and dirt may burn away and smell faintly of smoke. Though the smell may seem worrisome, you don’t have to panic about damage to your unit.

However, if the smell persists, you could have a clogged filter that allows dust and dirt to reach your motor. Check and replace your air filter as needed.

Your Nose Knows When to Schedule Repairs

As you can see, your nose can clue you into a broken or damaged furnace. If you smell any of the above, don’t hesitate to call in an HVAC technician for furnace repairs. Even if your furnace’s particular odor doesn’t make the list, you should at least have a professional inspect your unit to ensure it functions safely. 

5 Common Winter Heating Problems

Now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s time to turn off the air conditioner and prepare for the chilly winter. As you pile up the blankets and dust off your winter coats, you may fire up the heater and settle in for a cozy winter inside.

But even if your heater worked perfectly last year, it may have a few hiccups this year. To learn more about common problems heaters have during the winter, take a look at the information below. We’ll discuss a number of different issues and what might be the cause.

1. Heat Cycling

If you notice your heater is turning on and off far more often than usual, this is called heat cycling. Heat cycling lowers system efficiency and raises your utility bills, so even if you think you’re getting enough heat, you’ll want to get your heater fixed as soon as you can.

Heat cycling can indicate an excessively dirty blower or filter, or it could be the result of a
malfunctioning thermostat. Change your filter or take a look at your thermostat. If you notice your thermostat is broken or a fresh filter doesn’t solve the problem, call a professional to take a look. They can easily pinpoint the problem and clean various areas of the heater.

2. Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Whether your heater is brand new or a decade old, install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Carbon monoxide can easily go undetected if you solely rely on human senses. It’s tasteless, colorless, and odorless, and it can be deadly in the right amounts.

Carbon monoxide leaks are most common in furnaces that are 10 to 15 years old, so if your furnace is at least a decade old, have it inspected just in case. Or, if your carbon monoxide detector catches a whiff of carbon monoxide, call a professional immediately. They’ll know how to effectively find leaks and provide proper repairs.

3. Dry Air

Dry air can be troublesome and uncomfortable, especially if your skin is sensitive or already unusually dry. When your home has an unusually low humidity, your skin might feel dry and itchy. The lower humidity levels can also dry out and crack woodwork and wood furniture. But dry air can affect the efficiency of your heating system too.

Dry air holds less heat, so it may take more for your home to be comfortable and cozy. To remedy this issue, use a humidifier. You can use an individual humidifier in a main room, or you can install a humidifier in your HVAC system for more even moisture levels throughout the home. Not only will this protect your wood furniture and features, but it will also make your home warmer and cozier through the winter.

4. Inconsistent Heating

Most likely, you want your whole house to be properly heated, so walking from a warm room to a chilly one can be irritating. While this could certainly be a result of a malfunctioning part or heating system, it could also be a problem with your home.

Look around doors and windows for holes or cracks, and ensure your weather stripping is intact. You could have a problem with your insulation.

If everything looks properly sealed and insulated, the system’s coils or filter might be overly dirty. The uneven heating can also be a result of grimy air ducts or clogged vents. Check the filter and get your system cleaned to see if that solves the problem.

Should you still experience problems with inconsistent heating, your air handler may have some issues. Air handlers help circulate air throughout the house, and when your air handler needs repairs, you might hear a grinding sound while the heat is on.

Sometimes, whole floors can be warmer than others. When your upper stories are warm while the lower floors are cold, consider closing the upstairs vents to direct warm air to the bottom levels. Because heat rises, the cozy heat downstairs will eventually drift upwards.

5. Lack of Heat

Inefficient heating can be troublesome, but at least it still keeps your home warm. When your heating system isn’t warming your home at all, it could be due to a number or problems. Before you check anything else, look at your thermostat to make sure it’s working and has fresh batteries. A lack of heat could easily be caused by a faulty thermostat.

If you have a heat pump, it could be struggling with the winter weather. Icy wind and snow can put heavy frost on your heat pump, which can prevent the heat pump from functioning properly. Be sure your heat pump has defrost settings to keep the ice and frost at bay. If it doesn’t have the right settings, you’ll have to clear the ice and frost yourself.

For a furnace, you may have a problem with your pilot light. If your pilot light isn’t on, check to see if it has a steady power source. If not, there may be a bit of gunk and grime in the assembly, and you should call a professional to carefully clean it out for you.

When your pilot light is on but you’re still experiencing a loss of heat, you may have problems with the main burners, gas valves, control board, or flame sensor. An HVAC specialist, such as Getzschman Heating, can detect the problem and offer the best solution. We may suggest you replace your furnace, or we may recommend a few simple repairs.