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What Is Short Cycling?

One of the heating problems that you should be on the lookout for during this time of year is short cycling. Short cycling is what you’re noticing when your heater runs in short, incomplete cycles. You’re going to notice your heater starting, running for a short period, stopping up short, and just when you think the entire process has ended it begins again. 

Short cycling is something that you want to address with the help of professionals like ours. It’s an issue that might seem mild, but it’s actually severe enough to require prompt heating repair in Colorado Springs, CO. You can get in touch with our team members for this. We’re sure to help you out when you need the right heating care.

Is Short Cycling Bad For Your Heating System?

Yes. Short cycling is bad for your heating system. We’d even go as far as saying that it’s terrible for your heating system. 

The reason why short cycling is so bad for your heater is that it’s forcing your heater to do the hardest part of its job on repeat. The start-up process of your heater is quite labor-intensive. You need a team of professionals like ours to ensure that short cycling doesn’t go on for too long. If short cycling does go on for too long, it’s going to wear down your system, cause ineffective heating, and even raise your heating bills as a result. Make sure this isn’t something that you have going on for too long. 

Can Short Cycling Be Fixed?

Yes! Short cycling can be fixed. Don’t think that this problem is a death sentence for your home’s heater. Short cycling is typically caused by a few different things. Although two different people can be experiencing the same short cycling problem, our team members can always help you get to the source of this issue. You might be dealing with short cycling due to a dirty filter, blocked vents, an improperly sized furnace (too big or too small), and even a bad thermostat. We can help you fix your short cycling issue in no time. 

Signs That You Need Heating Repair

We never want you to wonder if there are already signs that you need heating repair at home. While we have a page on our site dedicated to all the signs that you might need heating repair, we also want to give you a quick, easily accessible list in today’s blog. The signs we’ve listed here are the most relevant for this time of year:

  • High heating bills
  • You’re having trouble getting your home warm
  • Your burner flame is anything other than blue
  • You’re hearing strange sounds coming from your heater
  • You’re noticing high amounts of dust

You shouldn’t ignore these issues. Get in touch with us as soon as you notice one and our professionals can help you get your home back on track in no time. 

Contact Smith Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical today to schedule an appointment with our team members. 

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