3 Signs Your Heating System is Overworked

As winter settles into St. Louis, your furnace will kick in to keep you and your home warm. While the equipment is designed to function throughout the cold season, it shouldn’t be overworked. An overtaxed heater is prone to many issues from reduced energy efficiency to more frequent repairs. How do you know if your heating system is overworked? Keep an eye out for these red flags:

1. High Utility Bills

It’s natural for your utility bills to rise during winter, but unusually high spikes could indicate your system is exerting itself more than usual. If there’s a problem causing your system to work harder to reach your desired temperature, it will consume more energy. This rise in energy consumption leads to higher utility bills, and that should alert you to a problem.

2. The House Is Always Cold

If your house feels cold no matter how high you crank the thermostat, then you may have a furnace problem. Pay attention to your furnace to see how it’s running. If you can hear it operating constantly, then it’s overworked and unable to keep up with your heating needs. This can be caused by something as simple as a dirty air filter or as serious as a broken compressor.

3. Lots of Repairs

Does your furnace need multiple repairs every winter? This is a key signal of an overworked furnace. The extra strain causes components to wear out more quickly. If left unchecked, your furnace will eventually burn out and need to be replaced before it reaches its natural lifespan.

Furnace Specialists Serving St. Louis Residents

Do any of the red flags on this list sound familiar? Luckily, our technicians at Hoff Heating & AC in O’Fallon are familiar with diagnosing and fixing the problems that cause furnaces to overwork. Whether it’s a dirty air filter, a burned-out compressor or a wiring issue, we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Since 1983, our licensed technicians have provided high-quality heating services to clients throughout the St. Louis area. We’re capable of handling all of your heating and cooling maintenance, repair, and replacement needs. Call us today to learn more.