What are some signs that your home or other building needs heating repairs?

During the colder winter months of the year, it is important to have a heater that isn’t going to break down. There is nothing like running into your home on a cold night to only be met with a temperature that is just as cold as it is outside. It is important to understand the signs that your heater may need repair. This can help you avoid a costly replacement of your entire heater later down the line.

Your heating bill is going up

If you are paying too much for your heating bill, this means that your heater is not working efficiently. You may just need to tune up your heater to lower your utility costs. However, there could be some repairs that need to be taken care of. It is important to consult with a heating professional to determine why your heating bill is so high. This could help you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in heating bills over the winter months.

Odd noises are coming from your vents

That strange bump that you hear in the night probably isn’t ghosts or intruders. Instead, it could be a sign that your heater is not working properly anymore. It is important to get to the bottom of these clunky, scratchy, or strange noises that are coming from your vents.

It is hard to ever get your home warm enough

If it is hard to get your home warm enough even when you are cranking up your thermostat, you might have some repairs that need to be done on your heater. The thermostat in your home may also need to be upgraded or repaired if you are having this issue.

Your air seems dusty and unclean

Sneezing and coughing is something that just seems to happen during the winter months. However, if this is happening more often in your home, you could have a heater that isn’t filtering particles out of your warm air. If you are noticing that you are coughing and sneezing when you turn the heater on, you should change your heater’s air filter. If this doesn’t solve the problem, it is a good idea to contact a heating professional to see if there are other problems with your heater.

When you notice that your heater might be in need of repair, give 408-295-2182 a call to speak with a heating professional today. They will be able to look at your heater and see if there are any repairs that need to be taken care of.

Does Your Facility Have an Emergency Plan for When Systems Go Down?

Whatever your line of business is, you have a variety of systems that help keep things running smoothly: HVAC for cool air in the summer and heat in the winter, plumbing for the bathrooms, electrical systems for lighting, and perhaps even some audio systems for intercoms or music.

When all of these systems are running smoothly, you don’t generally even think about them. You flip switches, adjust temperatures, flush toilets, and go about your day. But what happens when one or more of these systems go down? What if one system has a minor failure, or what if they all have a catastrophic failure at once?

Do you have an emergency plan for that scenario? You should, because at some point, something will happen.


What should your emergency plan contain?

To be fully comprehensive, your emergency plan should be thorough. It should begin with what to do in the event of a minor system failure, detailing the specifics for each system. It should conclude with what to do in the event of catastrophic failure of all systems at once.

It should detail things such as:

  • Whether to send staff home or keep working
  • Who to call for repairs, including names and phone numbers
  • Steps to take to prevent further damage to the system while waiting for repairs
  • If your business has clients or customers, whether to close to the public until repairs are made

There are likely other steps that are specific to your particular company that would also need to be included.

This plan should be in writing, and there should be several copies in several different locations around the property, ensuring that all employees are able to access it and make use of it, in the event of such an emergency.

A critical part of the emergency plan is knowing who to call to get repairs made quickly. You don’t want to have to wait out the weekend, or even a single night, in an emergency.

O.C. McDonald offers emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Include our number in your emergency plan, and no matter the time of day or night, our 24-hour live operator can get you set up with one of our experienced technicians to get your system back up and running as quickly as possible.

Call us today (408) 295-2182