One of the best things you can do for your heating system is to be fast with having necessary repairs done. Also, you will be better off when you are able to determine when it may be coming to the end of the road for your current heater. Here are some of the things you are going to want to know about your home's heating:
If your heater is blowing in an unsteady manner then this indicates that there is a problem. A heater that is working how it is supposed to will blow in continuous sessions. If it blows in a stuttering manner, then this can indicate you are having a problem that needs to be taken care of by a professional repair technician who can tend to the needed repairs. In some cases, this can be the way the heater will act before it goes out completely and needs to be replaced.
You will come to know the sounds your heater makes when it turns on and while it's blowing. So, if you suddenly start catching it making weird sounds, then you will know something is going on that likely needs to be repaired. Some noises it may make when there is a problem can include squeaks, squeals, knocks, or bangs. Any and all new noises should be cause for concern and a repair technician should come out to inspect it.
When you start your heater up for the first time after it has sat for months, it is normal to smell a strange smell as the hot dust gets blown out of the vents. However, this smell should quickly go away and not return unless the heater is again off for a while and then turned on again. But, if you notice any other smells that seem to be coming from the heater, then this should be taken as a big red flag, and you need to call someone out to have a look. Your heater may need repairs, or it may even need to be replaced, depending on what the issue is.
Your house is never comfortable
Another thing that can indicate your heater either needs repairs or needs to be replaced altogether is if you can't achieve the right temperature in your home. The heater should achieve the temperature you have the thermostat set at and come on when needed to keep the home close to that temperature constantly.
If you notice any of these problems, contact a heating contractor for help.