Garage Heaters

Garage Heaters

When you and the family spend a lot of time in the garage, it’s a good idea to consider a garage heater, also called a unit heater. A garage heater is perfect for those cold winter days and nights when you need to bring your dog somewhere warm, when you’re working on your car, using your garage to store temperature-sensitive items. You can also use it to warm a greenhouse or use in a commercial property.

But which unit heater is best for your needs and how do you know what size to get? Waterbury Heating & Cooling can help with that. Our knowledgeable and experienced techs will walk you through your options and which would work best in your garage.

Once our friendly technicians install your garage heater, you may want to maintain it on your own. Here are a few ways you can keep your garage heater working at maximum efficiency and get it to live a longer, healthier lifespan.

Maintaining your garage heater

  1. Clean the unit

    Whether you keep your garage doors open all day, do a lot of woodworking, or keep your furry friends in the garage all winter, your unit heater’s cabinet can become full of sediment, dirt, fur or other debris. Open the cabinet doors and use a vacuum to suck what you can, and a can of condensed air to push out the rest.
    Remove any visible dirt or grease on the motor and coils. Brush the fins with a soft brush, then turn on the fan to blow out remaining debris. A high-pressure hose can also loosen any sediment stuck to the coils.

  2. Check and replace filters

    Like most HVAC systems, your heater sucks in air and whatever may be floating in it. That means your filters can get clogged with anything from pet hair and dander to dirt and other debris. Your unit will work more efficiently with clean air filters, and the air circulating through your garage will be healthier for you to inhale.
    If you’re doing any woodworking in your garage, make sure to check your unit’s filter once every 2-4 weeks. Tiny fibers can enter the system and clog the filter, which means your heater has to work harder and consume more energy to warm up your space. If you’re not sure how to check or change your filter, call Waterbury Heating and Cooling. One of our experienced professionals will check and change your filter, and they’ll inspect the rest of your heater as well.

  3. Make regular inspections

    It’s a good idea to inspect the entire unit while cleaning it. When you check the filter, take an extra moment to open the cabinet and take a look around. Make sure the fan guard and motor brackets are still ticks, and make sure the fan is able to move freely. Also ensure the fan is firmly connected to the shaft. If you’re not sure how to inspect these areas, check your user manual or call Waterbury Heating and Cooling. We’ll send one of our technicians out to fully inspect your garage heater.
    If you see any signs of corrosion, or cracked or broken parts, call Waterbury Heating and Cooling right away. Do not turn the heater on until after one of our technicians has a chance to make the appropriate repairs. If you keep using the heater and ignore the problems, it can damage more parts and the repair will not only take longer, but will also cost more. Don’t wait for the issues to get worse, call Waterbury Heating and Cooling the moment you realize something is wrong.

  4. Look for leaks or smells

    Listen to your unit and take a few minutes every time you turn it on to inspect it. Is anything leaking? Are there strange sounds or odors coming from it? Does it warm the area the way it should or does it seem to be struggling? While these symptoms can have a variety of fixes, the best thing to do in this situation is call Waterbury Heating & Cooling.
    When you call us right away, you’re doing a service to your heater. If you wait too long, whatever the problem is can get bigger, resulting in a more expensive and lengthy repair. Spare your wallet and your heater by contacting us by phone or our website. Our technicians are happy to check your unit to ensure it’s working safely and efficiently.

Even if you pay attention and really work to maintain your system, you should call Waterbury Heating and Cooling at least once every one to two years to perform a thorough inspection. Our friendly and experienced technicians are able to open the unit to check every component so worn, broken or aging parts don’t go unnoticed.

Between inspections, you may notice your unit is making unusual sounds or actions, or is emitting strange smells. That could be chalked up to a dirty filter or poor air quality, but what if it isn’t? Here are a few symptoms your garage heater may experience that indicate the system needs to be serviced.

Signs Your System Needs Repairs

  1. Strange heater sounds

    When you turn your heater on, there shouldn’t be any loud knocking, grinding or abnormal sounds. When this happens, turn off your system and call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Your fan may have become dislodged, screws might have come loose or other components may not be as secure as they should be. Whatever the cause, trust the technicians at Waterbury Heating & Cooling to find and repair it.

  2. Struggling heating unit

    If you turn on your garage heater and notice it’s not producing a lot of warm air, or any at all, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. It could be something small, like a disconnected gas line or dirty filter, but if you keep up with regular maintenance and this still happens, you’ll need professional help. If you can’t tell whether anything is amiss, try turning on the heater and leaving the garage. Come back in about 30-45 minutes. If the room isn’t warmer, or is only slightly warmer, your unit isn’t working efficiently.

  3. Bad smells

    There’s no healthy reason for your heater to smell when it’s in use — though it shouldn’t smell when it isn’t in use, either. Bad odors can be an indication of mold growth in the ducts, dirt and debris buildup, or even the presence of an animal. When your unit starts to stink up your garage, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. One of our friendly technicians will be happy to check your ducts and find the source of the problem.

  4. Frequent heater cycling

    Garage heaters should turn on and stay on, so if your unit turns on for a little while, shuts off, then turns on again, there could be something wrong with the thermostat, the filter can be clogged or there may be a problem in the ducts. You can try changing or cleaning the filter, but if that doesn’t do the trick, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our technicians are specially trained to thoroughly check your ductwork, your heater and the smaller components. If anything is wrong with your system, trust us to find it.

At Waterbury Heating & Cooling, we believe you and your family deserve to be comfortable all year round. So, if you live in or around Sioux Falls, South Dakota and your garage heater is giving you trouble, give us a call. When your warming and cooling system needs to be serviced or replaced, schedule an appointment with one of our professional, friendly and knowledgeable technicians. We offer services and repairs, as well as the installation of several products. We can install air conditioners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, heat pumps, heaters, thermostats, furnaces and more. Call Waterbury Heating & Cooling today at (605) 338-2692 or visit our website at and trust us to take care of all your HVAC needs.