No one wants to reach a cold home in cold weather but this is pretty much what will happen if your heating system breaks down! This is why it’s better to have your heating system seasonally checked by professionals of heating repair, especially just before the cold season. In addition to this, knowing these heating systems troubleshooting tips can help you nip any problem in the bud.
These are the things you need to do if you find your heating system not working:
- First, check its thermostat. Don’t think this is so easy as there are so many types of manual and electronic thermostats around making the simple act of increasing the heat so difficult! Read your manual and make sure you do things right as you don’t want to cause more problems by doing the wrong thing! Your heating system may not work most of the time because the thermometer was set too low, or because the timer was incorrectly set.
- Though there are so many types of heating systems ranging from forced hot air to ambient heat systems, and systems using different fuels like electricity or gas or oil, they all rely somewhere on some electrical charge. It may be to switch on a fan, a switch or to provide the system’s heat. Whatever it is, a tripped fuse may be the culprit, which is better examined by an electrician.
- Check your heating system’s air filters as they should be clean and properly sized for your system. This is essential as your system may not work properly or shut down because of very dirty filters. This shutdown feature is actually a safety feature of heating systems to prevent it from working too hard and leading to unnecessary wear and tear.
- If your room which was once warm suddenly seems cold, then it may be due to a leak. Treating holes in a forced air system is relatively easy as holes or patches in the ductwork leak out hot air which can be resolved by sealing and insulating the ducts. However, leaks can get bad if you have a gas or oil heating system which is why you need to call the gas heating repair company immediately if you notice some unusual smells or odours.
- As most electronic and digital thermostat use AA batteries, the simple act of changing dead batteries can sometimes solve the problem! While the electronic thermostats do have ‘low battery’ indicators, there is a chance of your thermostat giving wrong temperature readings and not turning on even before the indicator switches on.
- You can also try checking all the vents and inline switches as a few switches may have turned on or off in emergencies or when there’s trouble. Some systems also have separate room controls which are switched off in warmer seasons and you may have forgotten to switch them back on when the cold weather sets in.
While these 6 heating system troubleshooting tips can help you resolve minor problems, it’s always better to play safe with heating systems. If you have any doubt about the system’s working efficiency, call the heating repair to take a look at it!