How To Tell If You’re Dealing With A Broken Heating System

Broken commercial heating is a nuisance at best and a huge problem at worst and can impact on your office staff and productivity. An office or commercial broken heating that is left untreated can have many consequences, including irreparable damage, an unusually high electricity bill, and unbearable cold. Although some of the red flags might be obvious, sometimes it can be trickier to identify whether you’re dealing with a broken heating system or whether the root of your issues is something else entirely. In this article, we will discuss some indicators that your heating system may be broken and the importance of hiring a trained professional to remedy the problem.

Why do heating systems break?

There are various reasons your heating system may break. Fortunately, many of them can be resolved quite easily. But some causes can result in permanent damage that may require a total overhaul of your system. Servicing your heating system once a year (as is highly recommended) is the best way to identify brewing problems before it’s too late to fix them and replacement is required. 

In older commercial heating systems, issues will tend to be more frequent as an accumulation of debris and worn-out components cause your system to fail. If you allow your system to deteriorate, it will be difficult to restore it to its original condition, and a total replacement may be your only option. These components include blower wheels, filters, breakers, and coils. If the airflow in your system is poor or has a low refrigerant charge, the coil will freeze. Fortunately, you can defrost it with minimal damage if this occurs, but the problematic airflow should be addressed. 

A lack of maintenance may also be responsible for your broken heating system. Regular maintenance is essential to keep all machines functioning properly. So ignoring this necessity can cause problems to develop with your heating system more quickly. 

How to identify a broken heating system

Several indicators suggest a broken heating system that you may have already noticed but not realised the significance of. 

  • An unusually high electric bill

Costs are higher at the moment due to the cost of living crisis, but aside from this, there may be contributing factors that shouldn’t go unnoticed. If you’ve noticed an unusual swelling in your electricity bill that hasn’t been addressed by your electricity provider, something is amiss. When heaters break, they tend to bleed power to compensate for the extra work they put in to overcome the fault. If your heating system is overworking for too long, it may eventually shut down. And as well as a high energy bill, you’ll also have the costs of replacement on your hands. 

  • Loud noises

If you have a noisy heater, there is a chance that something is wrong with it. Modern heating systems are designed to emit low noise levels, so if you notice strange noises, you should address them before the problem worsens. The source of the noisy heater could come from a partially detached fan belt, overheating, a crack in the heat exchanger, or a build-up of debris which needs clearing. It isn’t particularly difficult to remedy a noisy heater. But you should have it fixed sooner rather than later. 

  • You aren’t feeling warm

This is the most obvious red flag on the list and the most common indicator. If your house isn’t heating up as quickly as it used to, or it doesn’t seem to be at all, your heater is probably broken.

How can Chillaire help?

Here at Chillaire, we have almost 30 years of experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heat pumps, gas heaters, and air conditioning. There is nothing we haven’t seen before, so we are confident we can quickly and efficiently identify whether you’re dealing with a broken heating system, the source of the problem, and how to resolve it. Contact us today for an evaluation of your heating system and get your heater working normally again. 

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