Since you only turn on your home’s heat in Florida a few times a year, it’s important to pay close attention to warning signs of an underlying problem. Here are a few examples of when you should call a professional in to handle the repairs. Learn about the right time to turn your heat on in Florida Your Heater is Making Unusual Noises One of the most common signs of the start of a problem with your heater is noise. It sounds loud or seems to run louder. Most of the time, the system will progressively get louder, indicating the condition is worsening. This could be due to various factors including the fan that blows hot air. It could also be related to the ignition system. Don’t delay in getting repairs taken care of for any type of odd sound you hear. Read about the 8 HVAC noises you should never ignore. Your Heater Isn’t Producing Enough Heat Do you find yourself turning the temperature up higher and higher because it does not seem warm enough in your home? This is also an indication of a worsening problem. You might also notice the system is working more or harder to reach the desired heat you set the thermostat to. This problem could stem from the thermostat itself, but it could also relate to the ignition system and the blowers. This problem will not improve on its own. However, the sooner you address the underlying problem, the more affordable the repairs will likely be. Your Utility Costs Are on the Rise Older heating systems tend to be less efficient than newer models, which in itself is a reason to consider replacing an old system even if it is still working. However, if you notice your home’s utility bills keep rising, from month to month, it could indicate the furnace is not working properly. As noted previously, the system might be running for longer periods of time to reach the desired temperature in the home. In other cases, this could be due to the inefficiency of the heater to create enough heat. In some cases, cleaning the air vents and removing carbon buildup can help this. In other cases, especially when the heater is very old, it might be necessary to replace the entire thing. Learn about how to save money with your HVAC equipment You Don’t Have Heat An obvious time to call a heater repair technician is when there simply is no heat. The system might not turn on at all. More commonly, it will blow air, but the air is not as warm as normal. When this happens, it indicates the system is no longer functioning at its best and, in some cases, could indicate there are dirty air filters present. In all cases, these are tasks a professional should handle.