Signs That Your Heater Needs Immediate Repair

June 07th, 2024
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The last thing your family needs is a faulty heater in the middle of winter. Melbourne’s weather fluctuates quickly, and a working heater provides consistent comfort throughout the year. 

Although heating systems are high-performing, it’s good to be aware of how to identify minor issues and the steps to fixing them early.

Whether you’ve recently installed gas ducted heating, a split system, or a ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling system, this article will explore signs of immediate repair, giving you insight into what system will suit your needs.

Importance of a Functioning Heating System

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Why is a functioning heating system essential for your residential or commercial property?

1. Energy efficiency and environmental impact

Accounting for a large proportion of energy usage in buildings, a functioning heating system – whether split system, reverse cycle or ducted heating- cuts back operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

2. Indoor air quality and building integrity

A functioning heater can protect your property from damage by directly influencing the air quality in homes or commercial properties. 

Excessive moisture can lead to mould growth and damage to the building structure. For example, wet winter months require a dehumidifier function to correct and stabilise moisture levels.

3. Commercial space productivity

Temperature and air quality impact worker productivity, so clean, conditioned air contributes to a comfortable and efficient working environment.

A quality heating system is also critical in healthcare, restaurants, and other settings, controlling and reducing odours and preventing safety hazards.

4. Regulatory compliance

Functioning split systems, ducted reverse cycle heating, and gas ducted heating must meet building regulations and indoor air quality and energy consumption standards. Failing to meet these standards results in penalties or legal issues.

For example, the National Construction Code (NCC) sets the minimum requirements for building construction, design, and performance across Australia. The NCC specifies certain standards regarding energy efficiency, health concerns, and more.

The Australian Standards (AS) also offer guidelines for HVAC standards, such as AS 1668.2-2012, governing the use of ventilation and air conditioning in buildings.

5. System longevity and cost-effectiveness

Keeping your heating system maintained ensures its longevity. Regular maintenance prevents minor issues from escalating, saving you money on maintenance and heater repair costs in the long run.

Supporting heating and cooling for Templestowe, Caulfield, Ormond, and Croydon homes and businesses across Melbourne, Aust Climate cares about keeping you warm in winter!

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Signs Gas Ducted Heating Needs Repair

What are some clear telltale signs that your gas ducted heating system needs a professional inspection?

Uneven heating

Feeling a warm, cosy feeling vanishing is definitely frustrating. Uneven heating in different areas of the home means there’s a high chance your ductwork is damaged.

Responsible for transferring hot air around your property, duct leakage means that warm air is escaping from these openings.

Yellow pilot light

Your ducted gas heating system should always have a blue pilot light. If it is yellow or flickering, there could be an issue with the gas line or combustion process.

Not only can this reduce your system’s efficiency, but it also poses health and safety risks. If you notice a yellow pilot light, speak to an Aust Climate technician to have your combustions and gas pressure checked.

Frequent cycling

Does your gas ducted heater turn off and on frequently? This could be a sign of a malfunctioning thermostat, overheating, or poor airflow.

You don’t want to increase wear and tear on components with constant cycling, so don’t be afraid to speak to a professional for guidance.

Poor air quality

If dust and debris come from your vents, gas-ducted heating filters could need cleaning. Dirty filters and ductwork circulate pollutants and allergens in your home, cutting back air quality. Commit to regular filter changes and duct cleaning!

Your ducted heating system circulating these allergens can cause increased allergy symptoms such as sneezing and coughing or respiratory problems such as asthma. Inspect and clean your system to improve indoor air quality.

Unpleasant smells

If you notice a burning smell, this could be dust burning off after the gas ducted system has been inactive or more serious issues such as electrical faults or overheating components.

Likewise, if you suspect the smell is gas, turn off your heating system immediately and call a technician. Never ignore the smell of gas in your home.
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Signs a Split System Needs Repair

Although a split system is less complex than ducted reverse cycling heating and cooling or a multi-head system, it can still require maintenance and repair. Let’s look at some of the most common signs.

It’s making weird noises

A split system’s quiet humming is comfortable, but if it makes odd noises such as rattling, gurgling, or grinding, it’s often a sign to book a repair and maintenance service as soon as possible. Your split system could have loose or damaged fan blades, compressors, or motor mounts.

It could be a mechanical failure or damage if your system makes these sounds. In some cases, vibrations and increased noises are caused by incorrect indoor or outdoor unit mounting. A professional can ensure they are level and stable.

It smells strange

If you notice a musty, burning smell coming from your split system, moisture and mildew could be trapped in your system, forming mould.

Chemical smells can come from a refrigerant leak or foul odours from pest infestations.

Smells can also be caused by electrical faults, such as components failing or overheating motors or wiring. You don’t want a fire hazard.

It’s taking longer to cool

Do you prefer to keep your room cool, even during the chilly months? An old system, unclean air filters, an outdoor unit cluttered with debris, or a malfunctioning thermostat can cause an inconsistent temperature. The compressor, blower motor or evaporator coil can sometimes be problematic.

You should feel the cooling in minutes, but if it’s taking longer than it usually does, it’s time for a service. 

A drop in cooling efficiency often is due to blockages, faulty parts, or a loss of refrigerant.

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Signs Ducted Reverse Cycle Heating and Cooling Needs Repair

How do you know if your ducted reverse cycle system needs a quick fix?

Inconsistent airflow

Does one bedroom feel colder than the others? Your ducted reverse cycle system could have zone control issues, such as faulty dampers or a malfunctioning control panel.

Your ductwork system delivers heating and cooling, and it can leak or block up dust or debris, affecting airflow distribution. Seals can also wear out, leaking ducts, causing conditioned air to escape before reaching the intended room and creating cold and hot spots around the home.

Thermostat malfunctioning or blockages also slow air movement or redirect it, causing uneven cooling.

Unusual noise

A peaceful operation means a functioning air conditioner, but strange noises will require a specialist opinion. 

Rattling sounds from the outdoor unit can be caused by sticks, leaves, and signal loose parts. Grinding sounds suggest compressor problems or worn motor bearings for your ducted reverse-cycle system. Whistling noises imply a refrigerant leak and are potentially hazardous.

Moisture or leaks

Have you spotted moisture around the central indoor unit in your roof space or leaks around your outdoor compressor?

Dampness can indicate further problems with refrigerated cooling or structural damage to your home. Likewise, a build-up of ice formations on your ducted reverse cycle system can cause more leakage.

A sudden spike in energy bills

If your reverse-cycle system uses more power than it needs to, it isn’t as efficient as it should be. 

You may not be an obvious sign as it’s gradual, so having your heating elements checked at least once a year is critical. If you would like to learn more, have a read about how to replace your gas heater with electric heating and cooling.

Increasing energy bills is a crystal-clear sign of malfunctioning for split systems, gas ducted heating, and reverse-cycle heating systems. It’s important to book a service for all heating and cooling models twice a year or at least once annually.

Aust Climate – Heating and Cooling Repair in Melbourne

Operating in Melbourne for over 25 years, our locally owned business specialises in the sale, installation, service, repair, and maintenance of cooling and heating solutions.

Whether your concerns are a common issue like water damage, inconsistent water temperature or major issues such as gas leaks, the Australian Climate Systems team offers professional maintenance for split systems, gas ducted heating, ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling, and more for your home or business. 

Visit our store in Chirnside Park or contact us on 03 9726 444 for a customised quote.

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