Heating System Troubleshooting Guide
Solutions for Common Heating Problems
Has your heater stopped working? Does it sound like a complete breakdown is imminent? Before you call for heating repairs, check out this handy troubleshooting guide to learn more about what causes common home heating problems and what you can do to try and fix them.
If you still need help, our heating technicians at On Time Home Services are always available to help - simply give us a call at (949) 649-8777 to request an appointment.
Here are some of the common heating problems you may run into:
Clogged Air Filters
The problem: Air filters that are dirty and clogged are a common problem with heating systems. When this happens, the heater won’t properly circulate heat, resulting in poor air quality, more wear and tear on your system, and higher energy costs.
The solution: Routine heating maintenance in can help you avoid this problem in the first place. Make sure you have your furnace filter changed regularly.
Furnace Goes On and Off
The problem: You definitely have a heating problem if your furnace continuously cycles on and off for only a few minutes at a time. This can create an uncomfortable home environment and lead to higher energy bills as your heating system works extra hard to try and maintain a comfortable temperature. There are many reasons why a furnace may short cycle, including improper sizing, thermostat malfunctions, a dirty flame sensor, or overheating due to restricted airflow.
The solution: First, check your air filter. If it's clogged, change it. Then check your supply and return vents. If they are closed, open them. If they are blocked (usually by things like furniture or curtains), move these obstructions so that they do not impede the flow of warm air through your home. If neither of those things are the issue, and you're experiencing a combination of high energy bills and cold spots throughout your home, call a licensed HVAC technician who can confirm whether your furnace is the wrong size for your home.
The problem: If the temperature your thermostat does not at all seem to match the temperature in your home, the thermostat may be broken. It also may be malfunctioning due to improper placement in your home (such as being placed too near to a window or a heat-generating appliance), causing it to prevent the furnace from running long enough to provide adequate heating.
The solution: While thermostats can be repaired or relocated, if your unit is old and is constantly experiencing issues, new heating installation may be the more appropriate solution. Replacing your current unit may seem more expensive upfront, but the costs of repeat repairs can pile up in the long run.
Heater Makes Too Much Noise
The problem: Heaters make some small amount noise when they function normally, but if you hear anything unusual, such as a rattling or squeaking sound, it means you have a mechanical problem. This could mean anything from clogs to inadequate airflow.
The solution: Avoid inspecting your heating system yourself, as you can worsen the problem when you tinker around. Instead, call (949) 649-8777 for professional services right away.
If you live in Temecula or the surrounding areas and need reliable heating repairs and replacements, contact On Time Home Services at your earliest convenience.
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