The winter months are some of the busiest times for HVAC professionals, so if your heater goes on the fritz during the cold weather, you’ll likely have to wait longer for help. You may also find that the cost of Emergency Heating services is higher during these months.
The good news is that you can prevent unexpected heating problems by performing regular maintenance on your furnace, heat pump, boiler or ductless mini-split. In addition, if you know what to look for, you can recognize the warning signs that your heater needs to be repaired right away.
When to Call for Emergency Heating services
It’s no secret that your home’s heater endures a lot of wear and tear. Even the most reliable systems will experience an unavoidable breakdown from time to time. Unfortunately, these breakdowns are most likely to happen when the temperature plummets.
In most cases, a heat pump’s EM (emergency mode) setting automatically turns on during severe cold weather when it detects that your home needs supplemental heat. Your heat pump uses a gas, oil or electric back-up system to warm your house during these periods. If your EM setting is constantly turning on, this indicates a serious problem with your system and should be immediately addressed by an experienced HVAC technician.
If you are low-income and experiencing a heating crisis, you may be eligible for emergency assistance. Contact your local HEAP district to learn more. In general, assistance is available to eligible homeowners and renters who have less than one quarter tank of fuel oil or kerosene; and/or have a ten day supply of wood, corn, coal, pellets or propane, including an electric heater.