It’s 3 a.m. in the morning during the dead of winter. You wake up because you’re feeling chilly, and as soon as your feet hit the floor, you know something is up with the heating system in your Bergen County home.

A heating system breakdown like the one above is something nobody wants to think about, but unfortunately, it happens, and often during the coldest time of the year. Your heating system is working overtime during those months, and if there is any sort of problem that’s gone undetected, the harder it works – and the more likely it is that it’s heading for a breakdown.

What should you do when you need heating services in your Bergen County home? Of course, you need to contact your HVAC contractor as soon as possible, but you might be interested to know that often, your heating system will give you some warning signs that it may be on the fritz. According to Angie’s List, there are a few indicators that you need to call for heating services – before your system completely breaks down.

If your furnace runs continuously, for instance, it’s a pretty good indication that something is going on with it. It could be something as simple as a dirty filter or whether or not the room vents are open. It may need only an adjustment or tune-up, which one of the skilled technicians at GRC Mechanical can easily provide. Of course, if the heating system in your Bergen County home is running but there is no heat, you’ll want to call in a professional after checking circuit breakers and on-off switches to see if that’s the problem.

When you first start your heating system for the season, you’ll likely notice a musty smell, which is absolutely normal. But if it doesn’t go away after it has run for a bit, your filter is probably dirty. Burning smells indicate danger – shut off your system and call immediately for repairs. If you have a gas furnace and smell gas, exit your home immediately and call your fire department right away, as this could be a deadly situation. And, of course, if your carbon monoxide detector’s alarm sounds, open as many windows and doors as possible, get out of your home, and call GRC Mechanical for help. The heating system in your Bergen County home may not be venting correctly, and carbon monoxide inhalation can be lethal.

If your heating system is noisy, heating services are likely the next order of business. If you have a radiant heating system, banging, pinging and hammering sounds are common to some degree, but they shouldn’t be loud. If you have a furnace, any screeching, squealing or metal-on-metal sounds should be promptly evaluated – you may need motor repair or replacement. Particularly loud banging, popping or grinding noises strongly indicate you need heating services in your Bergen County home.

And finally, a utility bill on the rise often is the number one reason people consider repairing or replacing their heating system. Obviously you’re going to see an increase in your energy usage during times when your furnace is in prime usage mode. But, a sudden spike in usage can indicate a problem, especially if your utility company’s rates have remained steady. So, if this happens you’ll want to call GRC Mechanical for heating service in your Bergen County home as soon as possible.

If you need heating services for your Bergen County home for any of the reasons above, GRC Mechanical wants to help. We offer complete heating services for gas furnaces, boilers and mini-split ductless heating systems. Whether you want to prevent a small heating system problem from becoming a larger, more expensive one – or you need immediate assistance because of a system breakdown – we want to help. Call us at 1-800-651-8222 and we’ll be happy to help you with your needs.