Keeping a home warm in the winter is a top priority for every homeowner. Sadly, many people only think about their heating system and its importance when it breaks down. You should know that waiting until it's too late can leave you with impossibly cold temperatures inside your home. That said, there are cases where you cannot predict when your heating system will stop functioning. Hence, it is important to learn a few heating issues you might face during the cold season and how to handle them. Here's more on common heating problems.
When the System Does Not Turn On
It is advisable to perform a test run on your heating system every few months throughout the year. But the reality is most people overlook this task and only remember they have one in place when the cold kicks in. Hence, you will likely encounter a system that won't switch on, especially if it has been dormant for months.
You should know that a common cause of this problem includes the interruption of the power supply in the unit. Additionally, you may have a thermostat that stops receiving electrical current. So, if your system will not turn on, call an HVAC expert to diagnose and rectify the issue to avoid sleeping in the cold.
When the Vents Stop Blowing Air
The vents are the outlets that release hot air from your heating unit and into the rooms. Keep in mind that your system will blow warm air into the home when the vents are clear, and the central unit is working. On the other hand, vents full of clogs and blockages will limit the supply of warm air, even when the central heating system is functional. Hence, a technician should assess the vent registers and ensure everything looks good. They will also check the motor and blower components to ensure they are in good working order.
When the Vents Blow Cold Air
The vents should blow warm air when the furnace is operating. If yours are blowing cool air, the chances are that there is a malfunction in the central heating system. This may occur due to dirty air filters that hinder proper function. Additionally, the gas valve could be off, which means your unit isn't heating the air as needed. In other cases, incorrect blower fan settings may hinder the heating process. In none of these is the issue, confirm you have fuel in the reserves and that the ignition is working.
As a rule of thumb, call a heating repair contractor to check and ensure your system is working before the cold season starts. They can troubleshoot and fix all system issues, which will assure you of a warm and comfortable indoor space. For more information on heater repair, contact a professional near you.
My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.