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Your heating system has been working hard to keep your family comfortable during the cold winter in Champaign, Illinois. Perhaps it’s worked too hard, and it’s time to replace it with a newer and more energy-efficient model. Here are some common warning signs to watch for that can indicate it’s time to finally replace your heating system:

Strange Sounds

While it isn’t strange for your heating system to make sounds as it shuts off and on, any other types of noises signal a developing issue. If you hear strange sounds like rattling, banging or squealing coming from your heating system, turn it off and call an HVAC professional. Continuing to operate the heating system can damage it further.

Flickering Flame

If your heating system is operating as it should, its pilot light should be burning a steady blue flame. If the pilot light is burning yellow or the flame is flicking, your heating system might be producing carbon monoxide. To avoid endangering you and your family, turn the unit off, seek fresh air and contact an HVAC professional immediately.

High Energy Bills

If you’re a meticulous homeowner, you’re probably keeping records of your heating bills. If you pay your energy bills online, you should be able to access them with a few clicks. In either case, compare last year’s heating bills with this year. Do you notice differences? Higher energy bills can indicate that your heater is no longer operating efficiently.

Poor Air Quality

Check your heating system’s air filter. If it’s dirty and clogged, change it immediately. If it’s not and you’ve noticed your home’s air quality deteriorate, you might need to replace a heating system that’s contributing to poor IAQ.

While you can prolong your heating system’s lifespan with HVAC maintenance and buy some time to save for a new system, replacing an inefficient unit is imperative. Contact Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at 217-355-9700 to schedule heating maintenance or learn about extensive selection of furnace, heat pumps and more.

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